Modern Modular Bookcase

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Blog entry by bfd posted 04-05-2008 08:01 AM 3503 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch



This is my entry for the bookcase challenge. I designed my bookcase to be modular and have simple modern lines. I eliminated the “top” and “bottom” to give the piece an open feel and to reinforce the feeling that the shelves are “floating”. The case or “shroud” is 1-1/2” thick and made up of (2) 3/4” qtr sawn ash plywood or veneered mdf. The sides would be clear coated to contrast with the walnut shelves. The back would be ash as well but I would use a bright red Transtint dye stain to “pop” the grain and add a punch of color. The sides would be edged with 1/8” solid ash. Four of the shelves are fully height adjustable and are also 1-1/2” thick with continuous grain running up and over the front of the shelf. The center shelf is fixed and adds rigidity to the case. The center is visually thicker with a drawer below. Again, the drawer front grain would run up and over the front. The shelf and drawerfront would be beveled in order to acheive this. The drawer construction showcases handcut dovetails. The drawer sides would be 1/2” ash with a red dye ash bottom drawer. The idea is that this drawer is a bit of a surprise void of any hardware, but, once opened you again see the red and clear coated ash. The case utilizes biscuit joinery. Pieces should be prefinished prior to assembly. With such simple lines, execution and exactness will be very important. Although this is a stand alone piece, I could also see using a pair of these with a “media bridge” between them to house entertainment equipment and a flat screen. The finishes could be modified to suit other interiors.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-05-2008 01:22 PM


This is a nice bookcase and I can see where it would be a versatile piece of furniture. Is this your entry into the bookcase contest?

thanks for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 04-05-2008 04:58 PM

Very well design and thought out, it contains all the requirements of the contest. It also has the eye catching design to be on the coverpage of the magazine… (sellable). I think you got a winner on your hand.

-- Thuan

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 04-05-2008 05:36 PM

Very nice, I wish you luck in the challenge.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 04-05-2008 08:30 PM

Nice design. Good luck.

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

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#5 posted 04-05-2008 10:10 PM

I like the shelf with the drawer. Maybe it can be hidden like a secret drawer

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#6 posted 04-06-2008 05:39 AM

I like the design concept also. Will you be making some way to attach the case to the wall? I ask because of the drawer – it’s an invitation for kids to climb on to get something in a higher shelf.

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

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#7 posted 04-06-2008 07:28 AM

Nice clean design. I like it!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 04-06-2008 08:04 AM

Thanks you all for the comments so far.

Betsy, yes either metal z-clips or small L-brackets would be an excellent idea to secure the bookcase to the wall to prevent it from tipping from curious kids climbing and for those of us who live in earthquake country.

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#9 posted 04-10-2008 06:01 PM

very sleek design. Nice

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