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The Anthro bookcase

The Anthro bookcase
Have you ever seen something in a catalog, gawked at the price tag, and thought ‘I could totally make that?‘ That was my reaction to this bookcase in the Anthro catalog. Cool vintage books, beautiful bookcase, but why the heck does it cost $1400? So I set off to make my own. The case is custom made to fit certain books. I wanted to make one for our cookbooks, so that’s what I based my measurements around. At first, I thought I could just buy a big piece of birch plywood and get the guys at Home Depot to chop it down to the many individual pieces. I had my dad cut several pieces of wood at these heights (below). To determine how many pieces I needed at each height, I measured the spine of the cookbooks we had at home. I sanded all the pieces with super fine sandpaper. Then it came down to gluing and staining the case. The wood was actually kind of tough to glue together, because all the interior segments are different heights. So the steps were: glue, wait 24 hours, then stain.

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