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Simple construction yields classic style

First popular during the first two decades of the 20th century, Craftsman-style furniture is distinctive for its use of readily available materials, forthright construction and an emphasis on function.

Today, Craftsman-style furniture is as popular as ever, featured in a variety of catalogs, magazines and furniture stores.

Now you can enjoy this classic style at a fraction of the cost of original and reproduction pieces. Made of oak (the traditional choice, although other woods will work), this bookcase project features three adjustable shelves behind tempered glass doors.

True to the original Craftsman pieces that inspired the design, its clean lines and handsome finish will complement almost any decor.

A natural for woodworkers of all skill levels, the project uses straightforward construction techniques just like the originals. Most of the cuts are straight, and the one curved cut for the base is traced from a full-sized pattern. The project can be finished clear, as pictured, or stained dark for a more traditional look.

The completed bookcase measures 60 inches tall by 36 inches wide by 12 inches deep.

The Craftsman Bookcase plan, No. 863, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step instructions with photos, full-sized patterns, construction diagrams and a materials list and cutting layout.

A package of bookcase plans, No. C118, is $21.95 and features this plan plus two others. A catalog picturing hundreds of projects is $2. Please include $3 for postage and handling (except catalog-only orders) and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, CA 91409. To order by credit card, call toll-free 1-800-828-2453.