Operation "Loft to Library"

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Blog entry by Holz_und_Geschichte41 posted 08-20-2010 04:47 PM 6743 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One Sunday afternoon I was sitting in my loft/reading area and found myself looking at the large, plain white wall and thought…I should build bult-in bookcases across this wall to give this room some character. After a couple of hours of taking measurements, looking at similar and completed projects online, drawing some rough plans I had a basis to start a new, large, and intimidating project. I am coming to the end of the first floor to ceiling bookcase (approx 8 ft tall 30 inches wide). I will be spending this weekend staining and installing the barrister shelf slides. I will hopefully have some pictures in the next two weeks or so. Any advice or experience regarding floor-to-ceiling bookcase construction, install, etc. is most welcome. Thank you for your time.

-- Ryan, Arizona

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#1 posted 08-20-2010 05:09 PM

If it’s faceframe construction, scribe them to the walls, so the sides will be a bit wider to begin with. For adjustable shelving, get a sheet of pegboard at the local big-box store, don’t spend any money on a fancy jig. Use Vix bits, or other self-centering ones, and make sure the bit diameter matches the pins you’ll be using. Some are 1/4” and some are 6mm. I think built-ins look really nice if they’ve got crown molding to the ceiling, but that depends on the style. Very cool project. Good luck. Please post pics. At first, I thought your blog was about building a loft in your library…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#2 posted 08-20-2010 09:14 PM

change the loft to a library is a great idea
I look forward to see the progress in this
and som trim on the sides and moldings against the ceilling
bring it over the edge to a complet unit as the Captain says
maybee with some cabinets at the bottom 2½ foot high
a 4-6 inch deeper than the chelfs

best thoughts

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