Projects #2: Bookcase Challenge

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Blog entry by kbybee posted 04-17-2008 07:27 AM 878 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a concept bookcase. It is built using 8/4 hardwood of choice planed to 1 1/2 inches. The horizontal shelves (except for the top) have two notches cut for the vertical trim stiles.

There are three sketchup files. The first shows the bookcase with only the shelves and outside vertical sides. The second shows the bookcase after the inside vertical sides have been added the the third shows the complete bookcase. You can see from the various files how the components fit together.

Image 1

Sketchup File

List of Material
Shelf Boards 1 – 10” x 1.5” x 36” (top shelt) 4 – 10” x 1.5” x 34.5” (center shelves) 1 – 10” x 1.5” x 21.75” (lower shelf)

Outside Verticals: 4 – 10” x 1.5” x 12.5” (upper sides) 1 – 10” x 1.5” x 13.5” (lower outside)

Inside Verticals: 1 – 7” x 1.5” x 13.5” (lower inside) 4 – 7” x 1.5” x 11” (upper dividers)

Vertical Stiles: 2 – 1.5” x 1.5” x 63.5” (vertical trim pieces)

All joints are made with biscuits

Use 8/4 10” wide Walnut/Cherry/Maple/Oak/Other 45 board ft used

-- be still my soul

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-17-2008 12:21 PM

Hi Kbybee,

This is certainly a unique design for a bookcase.

Thanks for the post and Good luck on the entry.

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

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#2 posted 04-19-2008 05:51 AM

An interesting design. 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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#3 posted 04-19-2008 06:40 AM

I like the balance on this design. I hope to see more from you in the upcoming competitions.

I noticed the saying that is attached to all of your postings and figured you were from Utah. Actually you are from Arizona. I live in Northern Utah (Clearfield) and I’m from Arizona too. I was thinking it would have been nice to live down there this winter. I’m glad to see someone who is making career of woodworking in Utah.

-- “If we don’t try, then we don’t do; and if we don’t do, then why are we here?” -Shenandoah

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