little free library #1: pre-painting, door

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Blog entry by bitshred posted 05-01-2013 04:42 AM 1875 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Making this little free library for my little community. Wife handed me the project, and gave me the dimensions. Basically 2×2 feet. A little large for a little library, but we want it to fit enough books for kids and adults.

I was trying to keep it as cheap as possible. And ending up using whatever glue I had, but it is Titebond original. Not for outdoors. Kind of an oops. But I’ll add some trim pieces with outdoor glue and then paint it good.

Still debating on a double door, or just one door. Will have an acrylic “window” door, or doors…

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#1 posted 05-01-2013 05:23 AM

Will it be in a covered area, like a porch? I’d worry about the books if you put a double door on it, if it’s going to be out in the rain at all. Even with the single door, mildew may be a problem if it’s exposed to the elements. Neat idea to share with everyone in your community, though!

-- Robb

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#2 posted 05-01-2013 12:02 PM

This will be out in the open subject to all elements.
A double door would need a piece in the middle. I was going to put some sort of weather strip or rubber (something) in the inset piece. Thinking about it, I’m going to put a couple more pieces on the side, glued/caulked with weather stripping. After that I really don’t know how water would enter, unless there was a very bad horizontal rain.
I’ve seen these around the city, and they all have no weather stripping and are out in the open with very simple doors. So hmm, not sure how they fare.
Not sure how mildew would form? Does it need to breathe? I am trying to keep bugs/bees out too…..

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#3 posted 05-02-2013 07:29 PM

I like this project very much. I’ve toyed with the idea of doing something similar near my sidewalk as a place for a paperback/children’s book exchange for the neighborhood.

It would be very easy to over think the protection of the books and defeat your project. As a librarian, I know that paper has four environmental enemies – moisture, heat, light and insects – but I have to worry about preserving the written word for the ages. We also have some priceless materials that warrant extra security.

This project appears to be about providing access to reading materials that may not be hard to replace. Adequate ventilation to minimize mildew and good protection from the rain might be just right.

That’s my two cents worth. You and your wife are doing a good thing for your community.

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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