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A "classic" piece of furniture never loses its appeal, it only gets better over time -- that's what makes it a classic.

True to that definition, this craftsman-style double bookcase project will be just as at home in your great-grandchild's house as it is in your own.

The bookcase is made from oak (the traditional choice, although other woods will work), and features four generous shelves behind tempered glass doors. The project exhibits the clean lines and forthright construction techniques that are the design hallmarks of craftsman-style furniture.

Simple enough even for beginners, the project calls for all straight cuts except for the curved tops of the sides and the apron at the bottom, which are traced from full-size patterns.

To build, simply trace (where necessary) the parts onto wood and cut everything out. Next, assemble the pieces using glue and nails. Finally, apply finish of choice and install the hardware and glass.

The completed double craftsman bookcase measures about 59 inches tall by 49 inches wide by 15 inches deep.

The Double Craftsman Bookcase plan, No. 926, is $9.95 and includes detailed step-by-step instructions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, detailed construction diagrams, plywood cutting layouts and a shopping list and cutting schedule.

A package of bookcase plans, No. C118, is $21.95 and includes three other popular bookcase projects. A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $2.

Include $3 for postage and handling (except catalog-only orders) and allow about two weeks for delivery.