challenge04 Greene and Greene inspired bookcase

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Blog entry by Steve Moseley posted 04-18-2008 06:29 AM 4868 reads 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Greene and Greene inspired bookcase with pinned mortise-and-tenon joints with square ebony plugs to decorate the pinned joints. There are also breadboards ends to keep the top flat. The corner pieces (or legs) are slightly tapered to be wider at the bottom. The back of the bookcase is finished so it can be placed all or partially away from a wall. All side of the book case feature a cloud lift pattern.

The mortise-and-tenon joints could easily be replaced with biscuits depending on the skill level of the person building the project.

The bottom shelf is fixed, but the interior of the bookcase is such that the top two shelves can be built as adjustable. This would also allow adding another shelf for shorter books or other objects.

I’d like to use mahogany and maybe some bubinga to build this, but I wasn’t able to get appropriate materials to color the model in SketchUP. A photo-real rendering from autocad is included below to show the finished product a little better than what SketchUP can do.

Overall the bookcase is 48 inches tall x 36 inches wide x 14.5 inches deep.

Without the breadboard top the bookcase body is 47 inches tall x 31 inches wide x 12 inches deep.

I have a history with Autocad products, so this model was origally designed in Autocad 2006 and then imported into SketchUP. An autocad 2006 file is included with the SketchUP model.

Right side view

Front View

Left side view

Here is a photo rendering out of Autocad. The color is not exactly what I would like to see in the final product.

acad rendering

Download the Sketchup File

Download the Autocad dwg file

-- Steve

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 04-18-2008 06:51 AM

This is a great design. I could see making this for sure.

Great work.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 04-18-2008 12:07 PM


This is a solid looking bookcase. I really like the design.

Good luck in the contest.

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

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#3 posted 04-18-2008 04:35 PM

Nice design!

Good luck.

-- 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 04-29-2008 12:01 AM

Are you planning to build this bookcase? If so, what materials will you use?
It’s easy to fall under the spell of Greene and Greene isn’t it?

-- Rick, Menlo Park, CA

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Steve Moseley

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#5 posted 04-29-2008 05:43 AM

I’d like to some time in the next year. I’d like to use mahogany and bubinga with ebony plugs. I do like the Greene and Greene style.

-- Steve

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