Bookcase Contest Entry

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Blog entry by David Hagan posted 04-17-2008 04:49 AM 1055 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey All,

When I saw this contest I figured that it would be best to come up with a novel entry. So instead of a normal bookcase, I decided to go for a bookcase. Specifically a Childrens Bookcase. This bookcase was designed to be hung low on a wall for easy access. When closed the bookcase looks similar to a giant children’s book. When open, the children’s books are easily accessible. Some pictures are at the links below.

Picture 1 - Bookcase Closed

Picture 2 - Bookcase Open

This design is very simple to construct. Since the final product will be painted, cheap 1/2 inch plywood can be used. Only one part is not 1/2 inch plywood, it’s 1/4 inch plywood. After cutting all of the 1/2 inch pieces, they can be glued and screwed for simple assembly. Predrill and countersink the screw holes, and paint over the screws for a nice clean look. Assemble the page sides, top, and bottom and attach to the back cover. Attach the spine shelves, which are more ribs than supports, however you see fit. Pocket screws would work rather nicely if you have a jig available. Take the 1/4” plywood and bend it around the spine shelves. Again, glue it and screw it. Cut off the ends of the plywood to attach the spine sides. Add the shelves on the inside, fixed or using pins. Add the front cover with a few hinges and you’re ready to paint. DXF files are below

Bill of Materials

Front and Back Cover

Page Top/Bottom

Page Sides

Spine Sides

Spine Shelves


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#1 posted 04-17-2008 05:12 AM

Very cool design!

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

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#2 posted 04-17-2008 07:12 AM

Neat idea… if I could get Sketchup figured out.

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#3 posted 04-17-2008 12:07 PM


The ingenuity of the members of this community never ceases to amaze me. This design is quite clever and is certainly unique.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#4 posted 04-19-2008 05:53 AM

Great design. Children would love it.

Good luck.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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