Asian Inspired Bookshelf Concept

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Blog entry by chazmonro posted 03-28-2008 11:56 PM 4682 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I dont have any clue how I’d build it or the dimensions, I just drew this up on a notepad and then threw together a quick illustration to post it up here, its somewhat asian inspired, and at first I was thinking it was 2 parts, but I guesss it could be built as one unit. I’m not sure on wood either yet, I was thinking mahogany. What do you guys think? Got any ideas for improvements or changes?

bookcase 1


-- Chuck [Elgin, IL]

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#1 posted 03-29-2008 01:00 AM

I like it. Definitely a unique design. Mahogany would be nice, but it could be done in almost any wood and still look good. I’m not sure how the center boxes would be supported but something could be designed to make it work.

Great design.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#2 posted 03-29-2008 01:06 AM

that’s interesting.. I had envisioned a pagoda-style book case so I like this! I especially like how you’ve suspended the art display cubes in the middle.
I like it.
I wonder what it would look like with doors as well, leaving the art cubes open.. hmmm

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#3 posted 03-29-2008 01:16 AM

Very cool looking. I like it.

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

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#4 posted 03-29-2008 01:38 AM

What an excellent idea, should be fun when you start construction.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#5 posted 03-29-2008 02:15 AM

i like the concept. perhaps if the top, middle top, center boxes, and bottom skirt were made of a lighter wood such as maple, alder,etc. to contrast and compliment each other?

-- smoknn

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#6 posted 03-29-2008 05:07 AM

This is just a concept, I’m trying to come up with a bookshelf nice enough to submit for the bookshelf contest going on right now. Do you think this one would be good enough to submit, I mean if I drew it up in sketchup?


-- Chuck [Elgin, IL]

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#7 posted 03-29-2008 06:13 AM


This is a nice design. I can’t see why it wouldn’t be good enough to submit. It looks good to me. Go for it.

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

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#8 posted 03-29-2008 10:54 AM

This is nice. Sketch it. Build it!

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#9 posted 03-29-2008 12:30 PM

absolutely!!! This is wonderful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 03-29-2008 04:17 PM

Ok, but I’m going to need some help… how should I treat the sides? How should the floating display blocks be supported… I was thinking the back panel could be half inch material and could use screws? I know… screws aint real woodworking, but how would you guys think to do it?


-- Chuck [Elgin, IL]

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#11 posted 03-30-2008 11:39 PM

I like it.
The display blocks could be supported by through mortise & tenon joinery.
The boxes themselves could be dovetailed, box-jointed, or mitered with slipfeathers for strength.
However they’re done, it’d probably look best with a miter for the top-most joint (like a miter box-joint lidded box).
The back can be as thin as 1/4” cabinet grade plywood fit into a rebate running around the perimeter
and held in place with small brass screws. Or, you might want to consider resawing hardwood and shiplapping the back. Another option, albeit more work, would be to build a frame and panel back with stub tenons that go into shallow mortises along the sides. The panels could then be resawn hardwood, veneers, or plywood.


-- Gary, Florida

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