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These days, everyone seems to have more stuff than places to stuff it. We’ve heard complaints of a house-wide shortage of nooks and crannies, and a dearth of handy bins and baskets. Fortunately, we’ve got a stylish solution: Build a compact, adjustable-shelf bookcase.

The great thing about this freestanding piece of furniture is that it’s suitable for any room. You can paint it to match your decor, or stain it to look like natural woodwork. And even though it provides over 10 square feet of shelf space—counting the top surface—it takes up less than 3 square feet of floor space.

You don’t need to be an accomplished cabinetmaker to build this bookcase. As This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows here, all you need are some skills with a saw and a router and the patience to be exacting with your measurements and cuts. Following Tom’s expert guidance, you’ll be able to put this piece together just in time to clear the junk off the living room floor.


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