Honey can you hide the closet?

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Project by filmguyjohn posted 01-31-2009 01:55 AM 6499 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our family loves to read and we have tons of books. I have always wanted to build a ceiling to floor, wall to wall bookcase for this wall. There was one problem, we had a jacket closet offset near the center of the wall. Living in Florida we don’t need jackets very often, so I came up with the idea of building a section of the bookcase that would open up to expose the closet. After 5 months of off and on working on the project, we finally completed it. This was my first bookcase project of any size, so I learned a tremendous amount. Every thing that we did was a learning experience. Along with my assistant, every member of our family worked to help complete the bookcases. For the record they are 12’4” long, 8’1” high, and 12” deep. The center section is the only section that is removable. We put casters on the bottom and it rolls in and out of position. Overall I am thrilled with how they turned out, but I’m more proud of the fact that it is another project our family worked on together.

-- John, Tampa,

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#1 posted 01-31-2009 02:06 AM

Great looking bookcase wall. I like the way you access the coat closet, no one would ever guess. I wish all my boys were close enough that we could all work together again on a project or two. They’re all grown and gone now, alas. We did do may things together though and those are some fond memories. Congratulations on an excellent family project. Please congratulate all the other participants. Take care.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#2 posted 01-31-2009 02:37 AM

This really came out great. I could not even tell the removable section was on casters.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-31-2009 03:27 AM

great solution… we lumberjocks just love secret places, don’t we?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 01-31-2009 04:14 AM

I also love the jobs we can all work together
This is something to be prod of
looks great

-- With God's help all things are possible- even woodworking

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#5 posted 01-31-2009 04:52 AM

When the “evil ones” come round my front door…I’ll be fighting you for the closet at your place. I’ll admit it, I’m not brave…I hide in dark corners…true to every horror movie character you know won’t make it to the end of the film.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#6 posted 01-31-2009 01:11 PM

love it.
ooooh to have a wall to wall book shelf!!!! Drooling

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 01-31-2009 04:33 PM

Wow what a great idea.This is awesome.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#8 posted 02-01-2009 05:20 AM

i love that bookcase. wow. neat idea.

-- pat,ohio...

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#9 posted 02-01-2009 05:34 AM

Great idea. Glad the whole family participated. A great family project.

-- 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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#10 posted 02-01-2009 05:45 AM

Great job, I live in Florida as well so I appreciate any way to use space to its fullest. Very well done.

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#11 posted 02-02-2009 11:26 PM

Cool project and a great family story.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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