Library Return Box

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Project by Tom Pritchard posted 03-23-2016 01:52 PM 370 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past month a friend of mine who is a chemistry teacher at local high school asked me, if I would make this “Library Return Box”. The school library had made a similar box, but wanted another one to place at another location. The school provided me with the material and I made it.
My first step was to draw up in “Sketch Up” then start making. Material used was (1) 3/4” 4’ x 8’ sheet of Oak plywood.A piano hinge, latch, handle and caster wheels. I finished with Minwax “Poly Shades” and applied with brush. Two coats applied. Overall size is 24” x 24” x 30” tall.
If interested in receiving the Sketch Up design just let me know.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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#1 posted 03-23-2016 09:59 PM

Tom, nice looking project. Do the books just drop in or do they slide a bit first? Seems it might be hard on the book’s spines if they fall too far. I am sure the school will appreciate your efforts. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 03-24-2016 12:17 AM

Hey Al, good to hear from you again. I did not add any type of means to slow down the book fall. I originally planned to have a chute to assist, be preferred not to do so. I did have some foam padding that I offered them to have to at least soften the drop. Maybe that might be a good option? I will see what they say.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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#3 posted 03-26-2016 11:57 AM

Nice one Tom. I think the foam would help a lot for some cush

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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