Corner Bookshelf

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Blog entry by Chips posted 04-20-2008 02:22 AM 7040 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I read about challenge 04 in Popular Woodworking Newsletter my first thought was to give it a try. The next thought was to design something that didn’t look like a box. Then I remembered that I had turned a square book case 45 degrees and put it into a corner. From there I took inspiration from other project I have built. A Corner Pantry Cabinet I built for my daughter and a reproduction of a 200 year old spice box that I built for my wife. When you add to that my enjoyment of carving and you get this.

Bookcase Overall

Bookcase Base

Bookcase Top

Ok I couldn’t get SketchUp to do the seashells I planed to use as bookends but the fans look good. I confess this is my first attempt at SketchUp. I like the way it works. It takes some time to learn and it gave me the feeling there is a lot more to learn. Win or not I learned a lot working on this project.

Oops strayed from the project. The book case was designed to be built in two separate parts. A closed base for storage. (Games and things that don’t look good on a book shelf.) And a open book shelf on top that includes mounted sliding seashells bookends. I was not sure about the slides holding the turned books so I made a quick mockup, It works. You have to pull a book to loosen the slides. The top could be used as a stand alone book case. The drawers add to the look but the two outside drawers on the top had to be fake unless you can make a triangular shape drawer work.

Get the SketchUp file here.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#1 posted 04-20-2008 03:04 AM

Hi Chips,

This is certainly an original bookcase. I really like this design. The carvings will certainly give it a unique element.

Good luck in the contest.

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

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#2 posted 04-20-2008 03:15 AM

I really like your idea for this corner bookcase! I think it could be very useful piece in several settings. Again, great idea!


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#3 posted 04-20-2008 03:40 AM

Interesting design. I like the bookends.

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

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#4 posted 04-20-2008 03:53 AM

Lookslike a great project Chips.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 07-29-2008 11:38 PM

original bookcase

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#6 posted 11-11-2008 05:56 AM

Nice design. What software did you use for designing that? It looks great.


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#7 posted 11-12-2008 04:16 AM

I used Google SketchUp for the design. You can get it here. it’s free

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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