We’re at it again – it’s Challenge time!! And we’re raising the bar again ;)
I know – you are so excited and want to know the details. You will have to wait until next week to read all about it but I can give you a sneak peek into what is going to be happening! Remember our Thorsen Table and Virtual Dining Table Challenges from last year? Well, we partnered with Popular Woodworking magazine again to bring your the best challenge ever.
This time it’s all about the bookcase – a piece of furniture that everyone uses and everyone needs. It’s a project that, more than likely, you’ve built sometime in your woodworking career.
Each serious woodworking project starts with planning and a solid design. This project should be no exception. So create your “one of a kind” bookcase design then submit the finished plans as a challenge entry. Use your favorite computer program such as Google SketchUp or other 3D/CAD software. Or, if you prefer hand drawn plans, you can submit those too. Regardless of what process you use, the design must be able to be built in a woodworking shop.
Get the Ball Rolling
To help get the ball rolling, Glen Huey, Senior Editor of PW, prepared excellent primer about the bookcase inspiration and ideas:
”To get started with this challenge, the first step is to take a look at existing bookcases for inspiration and ideas. Check out any books you have, photos you’ve collected over the past few years or look to the Internet. Below are a number of links to web sites that showcase furniture, help with design or are focused primarily on bookcases. You certainly should find a “jump-off” point to begin your design. I came away stoked to design a bookcase and I’m not allowed to enter the contest – legally that is.
A searchable collection of more than 10,000 pieces of Danish furniture.
A resource for modern, post-modern and contemporary design of the 20th-21st centuries.
Digital Library of the Decorative Arts
Electronic resources for study and research of the decorative arts, with a particular focus on Early America.
A collection of ways to exhibit book covers. Don’t miss the previous year’s photos as well.
Another important aspect of bookcase design is to know working specifics about building bookcases. Did you know that most shelves vary between 8” and 12” in width? Or the maximum span for 3/4”-thick shelves is 36” in length? To add you your knowledge and complement your creativity, we’ve included Troy Sexton’s article, “Everything You Must Know About Shelving” from Popular Woodworking magazine, August 2000 (issue #116). It’s loaded with pertinent bookcase facts and information. Click here to download a pdf of the story. ”
What does the winning design get? That’s something you’ll have to find out next week.. But, I can tell you it’s not something Popular Woodworking, nor any other woodworking magazine, has ever offered before. Stay tuned! You don’t want to miss this one ;)