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...
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...
The design of this entry in the Challenge04 contest is based on a bookshelf I build for my son ( you can see the project here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/3968 ) This design and the actual bookshelf I build for my son try to address a number of things I do not like about most bookshelves I see in stores, the web, this site, etc. 1. Non Boxy I do not particularly (or at all) like bookshelves that are boxy. A completely enclosed bookshelf traps the items inside and makes them out of r...
This is a shelf I finished last month for my sister. The size accommodates a corner beside the patio door. I left the back and sides open for showing off her fancy scrapbooks. I screwed it to the wall through the top rail. It is all 3/4” solid mahogany from the home center. The shelves sit on adjustable pins. A 1” piece wraps three sides to give heft and cover the endgrain. I used glue at the front with splines at the rear for seasonal movement. The rail...
For some two years, I carried a rough outline of a case for my wife’s piano books in the back of my mind. Having been scared away by AutoCad’s threat to my credit card balance, and then frustrated with TurboCad’s coming-through-the-back-door work method, I decided to bite the bullet and try Sketchup. Otherwise, I’m back to my old CrayolaCAD. Well, Sketchup was a little tricky at first, but I managed to fudge a little here and bump a little there, and finally with one cathartic brain fart, ...
When I read about challenge 04 in Popular Woodworking Newsletter my first thought was to give it a try. The next thought was to design something that didn’t look like a box. Then I remembered that I had turned a square book case 45 degrees and put it into a corner. From there I took inspiration from other project I have built. A Corner Pantry Cabinet I built for my daughter and a reproduction of a 200 year old spice box that I built for my wife. When you add to that my enjoyment of carving...
Hello lumberjocks community, I show you my bookcase’s design for the challenge. His fabrication is easy, here the materials used in his conception (French measure) :- 1 Plywood 1200×2425 x 8 (mm)- 4 mdf 1650×400 x 10 (mm) Drawing of my bookcase : —————————————————————————————— The bookcas...
First off I’d like to say thank you to everyone for the warm welcome to Lumberjocks, you seem like a really friendly bunch. The thing that influenced my design of this bookcase is my design for a desk that I will be building for my office. The desk that I will be building has a set of file drawers the can be seen from the side so that it shows off the details for the joinery, so I thought I would incorporate a set of drawers at the bottom of this bookcase. The drawers are a lighter color...
This bookcase design is my interpretation of a combination of some Greene and Greene designs. Unfortunately, my computer skills are not good enough to show the details. In the 3D file, for example(which created the rendered drawing below), I couldn’t get the proportions of the feet right (they are not as flat as they appear in the rendered drawing, below). Nor could I get the crown moulding “cloud lift” detail to show except as some dashed lines. Further, one aspect of t...
For your consideration is my bookcase design entry. Before I approach this contest, I had to think about what the core of the the contest is about. I had to understand what the result should be and then put my spin on it. Chances are, it would have to have to be a unique spin on an ancient piece of furniture that is universally appealing. This has to be photogenic to compete with the other wood working magazine, and yet has a calling to the Popular woodworkers. I beging with the ...
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