Stackable Bookcase

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Blog entry by oakdust posted 04-03-2008 05:00 AM 1712 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I attempted to design more than a bookcase I was trying for a piece of universal furniture. My plan is to build two identical book cases that can be used alone, stacked or incorporated with a desk top. This design would be great for small apartments or school dorms.
The curved frames are made using bent wood lamination, and the side panels from ¾’ Hardwood veneer plywood which would add strength and stability to the design. To give the cabinets a look of fine furniture I would use box joints where the rear and bottom of the frame meet the bent area. Each cabinet would be 18” wide, 28” tall and 16” deep.
This my first serious attempt with sketchup, I hope the sketches make sense. I found using that I have to open the files as read only to view them. If anyone has trouble opening the files or knows if I did something wrong please let me know.


-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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#1 posted 04-03-2008 12:31 PM

Hi Bob,

The files opened just fine and your design looks interesting. How do you plan to stabilize the bookcases when they are stacked together?

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

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#2 posted 04-03-2008 01:46 PM

I thought just the weight of the cabinets would be enough. Or a double vertical french cleat on the back

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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#3 posted 04-03-2008 03:31 PM

Pin them like you would for stacking bunk beds.

Here’s another idea: Imagine if you would, having a bookcase on the left (or right) then the desktop, which would be supported on the other end with a removable panel, or leg…and the other bookcase on top. Kinda “T’ shaped.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#4 posted 04-03-2008 08:35 PM

Something should be done to locate them into place.

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

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#5 posted 04-03-2008 11:30 PM

I have been thinking of this situation all day. How about a small board that can be stored in the dust bunny area that could be screwed to the back of the cabinets to hold them together. Maybe a 1×3 x 15”
open to any suggestions you guys may have.

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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