This design is a takeoff of a night table design I did last year. The influence is the architecture of Bhutan. I graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso, one of only about three places in the world that share this type of architecture. Bhutanese temples are characterized by their inward sloping walls and graduated windows.Front View: I used a combination of the golden ratio and Hambidge Progression to come up with the dimensions. The bookcase is open on both sides and can be plac...
I almost forgot to post this! I was working on the blog for the MCAD Continuing Studies class (the project driving the design for this bookcase). I will come back and edit the entry with the rationale behind the design. Front Doors Open SketchUp Model File. Commentary and additional images were added as a separate post below.
This project was kind of reverse engineering for me. I had actually built this sectional bookshelf several years ago. My wife and I had seen similar designs at furniture stores but the height or thickness of the pieces were not what we were looking for. I was able to get my contractor saw as part of the deal to make the shelves. The design itself is ‘fairly straight’ forward. Each sectional is exactly the same with the middle sectional reversed to create the...
In November of 2007 the Minnesota Woodworker’s Guild held the annual Fall Seminar at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). It was an excellent two and a half day event hosting Marc Adams of the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. I highly recommend Marc as a speaker at a guild or club event if your group plays host to speakers. Part of what made the event such a good time were the facilities available at MCAD. They not only have a commerical class wood shop, metal fabricati...
Hi everyone, Well I joined 54 days ago, so I figured it was about time I introduced myself and maybe even post a few items. Thanks to everyone of the warm welcome! Short Bio I was born in Houston, Texas march of 1981—I am still in Houston(Katy) today, with the LOML.I am currently working for BP (British Petroleum) as a software developer. Like I pointed out on my main page I am brand-new to woodworking. Being a programmer I sit in front of a computer all day long and hav...
A single case design that will allow for easy customization for different stlyes of furniture. 21st century Americans have more than books to store so this will store CD’s and DVD’s as well. Don’t seem to be able to figure out how to get autocad documents into the blog. Guess this will have to pass. Au revoir.http://s297.photobucket.com/albums/mm231/bhlaws/Bookcase/?action=view¤t=NewImage.png
Had to scrap my design at the last minute since Greene and Greene seems to be a common theme … what can I say I was years of being an alter boy influenced my style … Sketchup File
My Design ProcessFor this contest, I wanted to design an Arts and crafts style bookcase with some unique features. When designing a new piece of furniture, I prefer to start from the intended uses of the piece, any requirements for the dimensions, and any preferences for the style. In this case, the primary requirement was that the bookcase be “one of a kind”. Based on this, I developed my own short list of requirements for the piece as follows:1. The bookcase must offer a s...
I came up with my design when thinking of ways to make the shelves flexible in configuration and placement. I like the more modern “cubby-hole” look of shelving, so that different sized items can be easily stored and seen. (Not just books) In the end, I decided on a common method for hanging cabinets- the french cleat. This allows for flexibility in how the shelves are configured. I then combined this method of shelving within a frame, to create the overall bookcase. I drew ...
The following is my entry into the bookcase design contest. Several weeks ago a potential client approached me with an unusual problem. She wanted a bookcase for her new condo. Not unusual except that it needed to be wall mounted, could have NO back, and needed to match the color of her current cabinents. That’s correct, wall mounted with no backing, an open bookcase. Apparently, several other contractors looked at it and told her it was impossible or made excuses as to what coul...
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