First piece for myself in longer than I can remember, but I am falling over books here.
First, I need to make some decisions.
Materials will be basically 3/4" BB plywood. The reason is it is dimensionally stable, relatively inexpensive, cost effective in that there is little waste with careful planning, can be colored to match almost anything, and makes strong shelves (with ledgers).
Trim will be I don't know yet. How's that for definitive?
Shelf depth will be ~10". Enough to handle three ring binders.
Style will be standard library, meaning no particular style. Modified face frame, standing on a deck, with the top to be decided.
Height will be 5 feet, determined by the longest length on the BB plywood.
Width will be 3 feet, determined by the longest shelf length without undue sagging problems. Books are heavy. Additional units can be added as needed and the entire project remains esthetically pleasing.
One shelf will be fixed for sure. I detest adjustable shelves, so likely will fix all of them.
Joinery will mostly be rabbets and dadoes.
Finish is intended to match cabinet in the office - sort of pale cherry in color, colored shellac, and protective finish in lacquer. Reasoning is that sprayed colored shellac is super easy with no serious blotching or even coverage problems. Lacquer as a final finish is easily renewed down the road, as it burns in and I spray lacquer really well!
SketchUp drawing tonight.
For any who want to follow along. Now you have my thinking process and having posted this makes you my accountability team so I get it done.