Bookcase Design #1: A Bookcase Design

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Blog entry by Alan Young posted 04-04-2008 03:23 PM 1621 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is my entry for the bookcase design project. I drew my design in Sketchup.

I have designed a bookcase that has a “flavor” of the early American Secretaries by cabinetmakers such as Townsend and Goddard etc… But rather than a quill and ink- my design allows for more modern conveniences such as a lap top computer- while still making plenty of space for books.

My new design for a bookcase incorporates a good deal of moldings, and features a slide out drawer/desktop.
The lower case has doors. Each case has applied medallions and fluted columns.

The top features a built-up crown molding.

All the shelves are adjustable. The shelves are constructed as torsion boxes with more molding applied to the front. This will allow for a very sturdy shelf that will avoid sagging over time

This design calls for moldings around the doorpanels and side frames as well as a beaded molding that lines the
face frames. So the router will see a great deal of work fabricating the moldings.

The lower case has a slide out desk top where you can set reading materials or a laptop computer.

The slide-out top also opens to reveal further storage.

This entry is based on a combination of two previous bookcases that I’ve already built.

A painted bookcase

and a bookcase with many brass details in the Empire Style:

Here is the SketchupModel
Alan Young

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#1 posted 04-04-2008 03:27 PM

I really like the design Alan.
A lot of good features in it. Great use of the mouldings

-- Larry

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#2 posted 04-04-2008 04:38 PM

Very nice bookcase! I hope you built it, weather you win or not. Nice balance and great presence.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#3 posted 04-04-2008 05:16 PM

Very nice design. Those shelves should handle a serious load.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#4 posted 04-04-2008 05:52 PM

That’s a great design Alan. Can wait to see it built. I live in Michigan also, Muskegon next to Lk. Mich.
Iam impressed with your use of sketch Up

-- Billp

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#5 posted 04-04-2008 06:15 PM

Great looking bookcase. Excellent design.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 04-04-2008 06:21 PM

What a great design! I especially like the torsion box shelves and the slide out compartments.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#7 posted 04-04-2008 06:27 PM


This appears to be a well designed bookcase and I really like the pull out shelf on the lower unit. The shelves will support a lot of weight. Looks like a winner in my book.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 04-04-2008 07:04 PM

Very Nice – I like the drawer / worksurface

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#9 posted 04-04-2008 07:14 PM

Very nice. A lot of thought went into your design.

-- Oops

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#10 posted 04-04-2008 07:57 PM


This is a TERRIFIC bookcase! Love all the detail you have incorporated in the design. Goog luck with it!!!

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#11 posted 04-05-2008 12:14 AM

Thanks everyone for the kind words. I am pretty new to this site so It will take while to get to know people but I appreciate the comments and the nice welcome when I signed up.


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#12 posted 04-06-2008 05:59 AM

Your design is FABULOUS! I’m anxious to see more of your work.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 04-10-2008 06:02 PM

LOVE that drawer.
Gorgeous design

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#14 posted 04-10-2008 06:07 PM

That looks awesome!

-- Learn something everyday!

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#15 posted 04-17-2008 10:25 PM

very nice

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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