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Blog entry by WoodworkingNerd posted 04-14-2008 12:19 AM 1352 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I learned about the bookcase design challenge I immediately wanted to design this bookshelf. I came up with the original idea when I took a furniture design class at BYU from Kip Christensen. I decided then to fully design and build a different project which I will post later on my blog.

I draw inspiration for this project from, well… trees. What better inspiration is there to a woodworker? As I designed this project ideas kept flowing and the end product just kept getting better and better. As I have shown in this Sketchup file this bookcase is very modular and can fit a variety of needs in different positions. You can build and assemble the bookcase in quarters. Put two quarters together to make a half, and put two halves together to make a whole. Although I have not constructed this project physically, I have created all the pieces in Sketchup and technically this piece should be fairly easy to build. I’d love to hear feedback on the design.

Greg

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-- “If we don’t try, then we don’t do; and if we don’t do, then why are we here?” -Shenandoah



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Betsy

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#1 posted 04-14-2008 01:58 AM

Greg – sounds good – but I could not open the link. Sorry.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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kshipp

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#2 posted 04-14-2008 02:36 AM

Betsy, I was able to open the file but it’s a Sketchup file so you have to have Sketchup to view it.

It would be nice to have an attached picture so those without Sketchup can see it.

Really unique idea that is adaptable to many situations.

-- Kyle Shipp, http://battleshipp.blogspot.com

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WoodworkingNerd

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#3 posted 04-14-2008 02:36 AM

I probably spent more time trying to figure out a way to be able to post a link on this blog than I did actually designing the project. I’ll try and post another picture or something.

-- “If we don’t try, then we don’t do; and if we don’t do, then why are we here?” -Shenandoah

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#4 posted 04-14-2008 02:44 AM

Greg,

That is certainly a unique bookcase. I like the way you designed it to go to the ceiling.

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

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WoodworkingNerd

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#5 posted 04-14-2008 02:47 AM

I hope that you can access this picture now Betsy.

-- “If we don’t try, then we don’t do; and if we don’t do, then why are we here?” -Shenandoah

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#6 posted 04-14-2008 03:32 AM

That’s a pretty cool looking bookshelves.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 04-15-2008 03:37 AM

Scott,

Thanks for noticing that I ran it to the ceiling. That was so it would hold itself up. Don’t worry I’ve got some ideas of how I can stand it up in an 8’ room. I’m thinking of making it actually a couple of inches short of the ceiling standing it up and putting it on a platform.

-- “If we don’t try, then we don’t do; and if we don’t do, then why are we here?” -Shenandoah

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#8 posted 04-15-2008 05:03 PM

Neat idea. I can imagine it in a Pediatrics office waiting room. I’ve seen similar bookcases at Children’s Hospital (not a tree, but other unique designs).

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

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