Bookcase Challenge Entry

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Blog entry by FreddieB posted 04-18-2008 11:49 PM 1096 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off I’d like to say thank you to everyone for the warm welcome to Lumberjocks, you seem like a really friendly bunch.

The thing that influenced my design of this bookcase is my design for a desk that I will be building for my office. The desk that I will be building has a set of file drawers the can be seen from the side so that it shows off the details for the joinery, so I thought I would incorporate a set of drawers at the bottom of this bookcase. The drawers are a lighter color so that they stand out and get noticed. The rails for the top drawer will be attached on the bottom of the drawer and the bottom drawer they will be attached to the top. This way you can hide them on the rail on the side of the base.

As you can see some of the design details are inspired by Greene & Greene with the slight curves and the ebony plugs. The shelve for this unit are fixed shelves because I’ve designed the bookcase so that you can either make it a barrister style or if one doesn’t like that style they can omit them. The corners of the shelves are also indented so that you don’t have to attach any hardware to the front of the barrister doors; you just lift up from the bottom. These indents are also supposed to have a decorative ebony strip that flows with the curve but I was not able to make it look good in SketchUp.

All the joinery is either mortise and tenon or box joints. The box joints are supposed to stand a little proud and rounded but in SketchUp that is very hard to do. I plan on making this out of Maple, the drawers will be a natural stain and the rest of the bookcase will hopefully be a light cappuccino. The dimensions are 66 inches tall, 24 inches wide, and 16 inches deep.

-- Fred Best, Calgary, AB Canada

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#1 posted 04-18-2008 11:52 PM

If you put an ! at the start and end of you links the pictures will display.


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#2 posted 04-18-2008 11:58 PM

Thanks for the tip Gary. I’m new at this bloging thing.

-- Fred Best, Calgary, AB Canada

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#3 posted 04-19-2008 03:23 AM

This is another interesting bookcase design.

Thanks for the post and good luck in the contest.

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#4 posted 04-19-2008 05:16 PM

I vote for the barrister style! Great treatment with the design around the glass in the doors.

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#5 posted 04-19-2008 06:21 PM

this is nice Sketchup work. Looks kinda like stacked Bush Curio cabinets.

-- Scott - Chico California

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