Well, for kicks and giggles I decided to try to create a bookcase entry in Sketchup for the competition. I have no delusions of winning anything, but I thought I’d give it a try. I though of what I could do to make a traditional bookcase stand-out, and not coming-up with anything I decided to mess-around with curved surfaces in Sketchup. After some tinkering, I had a basic design that you see here:
It’s more of an art piece than a bookcase I suppose, but it was the best I could come-up with. It is a very simple design. Basically, nothing more than 12” wide 3/4” baltic birch plywood. The two intersecting arcs would be just 2 steam bent pieces of plywood that would connect to each other with intersecting slots cut half-way through each piece (in the SKP file the one arc is actually 2 pieces, since I didn’t want to spend a lot of time recreating the joint). I would likely screw and glue the arcs to the bottom of the base. The middle shelf creates a joinery dilemma. I’m not sure if you’d screw and plug it, create a dado (a complicated prospect due to the arc), or just glue it and rely on gravity and wedging to keep it in place.
I also would like to emphasize that I am not capable of building this piece. I’ve never tried steam bending anything, and I don’t have the setup to do so if I wanted to. This is basically just a design exercies for me.
If you’d like to view the Sketchup file, you can download it here:
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