Modular Bookshelf

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Project by Grandson_Of_Rue posted 01-10-2010 05:34 AM 2011 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The pictures don’t do this justice. Too much flash and the wall behind it is not white. I am also embarrassed by the desk drop down as the stain came out awful. It will soon be re-done. It was a mission gel. Right color but laid horribly, so disappointed.

This shelf is modular; all shelves sans desk are removable. Each pillar comes off and the base and top are separate. Excluding shelves this piece comes out in 6 pieces.

Based on a Family Handyman Mag plan I changed to top from a crown to what you see here. There are also several other changes that are more aesthetics. The original plan did not have a desk it was all shelves. I needed a small secretarial desk (which my son has now claimed) so here is what I came up with. There is a box under the desk that houses the powerstrip for the computer and all the wiring runs through the left column an out the back.

I was very concerned about the size of the desk platform so I shortened it and placed a second foldaway at the top. All of this is to accommodate the flat panel monitor. My concerns that the desk would flex under any weight (my son hanging on it) were unfounded and when I replace it I am considering removing the top piece.

Question for the crowd….the design called for an open back but I am leaning toward putting a back on it because I think it makes it more complete. I think leaving it open to the wall looks cheap. What do you think? I would use 1/4in oak ply stained the same color.

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#1 posted 01-10-2010 07:21 AM

Dan…you are way too hard on our self. It looks like you took a hard to manage space and gave it some order. as far as your question…. I dont think I would put a back on it. The reason is, to keep a more open feel to the room it sometimes works well to keep the viewer in touch with the original dimensions. That is just my humble opinion but if you darken the wall space behind you will close the dimensions.

-- Karl

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#2 posted 01-10-2010 07:27 AM

The only problem I see with leaving it open is that the wall will get dinged up and have to be repainted which isn’t a big deal since your piece can be taken apart easily.

Nice job

-- Joe

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#3 posted 01-10-2010 08:32 AM

I would put a back on it! It’s all what you want. The back will make the case look heavier, as is suggested here, but I believe it will also make it look more complete, more like furniture. Open shelves without backs … just not my style. Your mileage may vary.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#4 posted 01-10-2010 08:23 PM

That is a wonderful wall unit. Great look on the side pieces. Real unique. As for the wall, doesn’t look bad the way it is in the pics. I’ve had shelves both ways and have to say they do end up looking more complete with the back on. Gives it a warm, finished look.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#5 posted 01-10-2010 09:11 PM

Dan very nice work. I think the back would look nice but it also looks great now. Give it 3 or 4 weeks and then go back and look it over again.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#6 posted 01-11-2010 02:10 AM

We’re always our own worst critics, I think it looks great! Personally I’d definetly put a back on it tho, partly cuz thats my asthetics, partly to protect the wall as stuff gets taken on/off, or as someones sitting at the desk part and absentmindedly kicking away at the wall (not that I’ve ever done that myself nooooo…)

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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