Asian Inspired Bookshelf 2

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Blog entry by chazmonro posted 03-29-2008 05:05 AM 1089 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I sketched up a couple designs in my notebook, this was another one I did that I liked. I’d make it out of ash. What do you guys think? Would this be good enough to submit for the bookscase contest?

Bookshelf 2

-- Chuck [Elgin, IL]

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#1 posted 03-29-2008 05:08 AM

nice design. try it in sketchup in 3d

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#2 posted 03-29-2008 10:42 AM

Go for it!

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#3 posted 03-29-2008 12:47 PM

I agree…. Sketchup it.

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#4 posted 03-29-2008 04:19 PM

Don’ t you guys think its a bit simple? I mean I don’t think the pages of popular woodworking would build something so simple. Any ideas to maybe dress it up a bit?

-- Chuck [Elgin, IL]

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#5 posted 03-30-2008 02:51 AM

Don’t take this as being critical. My thought is it’s not so simple, and here’s why:

A bookcase has to be functional. It’s not a display case—it’s for books. Books are heavy.
You’ve designed a suspension bridge. How will you carry the load without having the shelves sag?

I’m not knocking your design. For this to work, you need to consider the weight and determine if you can manage the joinery so it’ll stand the test of time without sagging or failing.
In an online article here Simon Watts wrote:

” ...As a rough guide, figure that 15 average-size books take up 1 foot of shelf. Keep in mind that paperback books weigh about 7 1/2 pounds per linear foot, hardcover books 13 pounds, magazines 26 pounds and reference works as much as 34 pounds per linear foot. ...”
The sag he refers to in the article is for wood supported on both ends.

Go forth and do good work, and good luck with your bookcase. I’m looking forward to seeing your solution.


-- Gary, Florida

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#6 posted 03-30-2008 03:02 AM

Gary, thats the reason I posted this here, It was just a sketch that I threw together an illustration of really quick, I haven’t even begun to think about construction or how it would work. Do you have any suggestions?


-- Chuck [Elgin, IL]

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