|Project by R.A. Ray||posted 06-03-2010 05:15 PM||2186 views||5 times favorited||18 comments|
My second wood project and my first serious attempt at furniture design and construction is finally (sort of) complete. This bookcase (system) is the result of six months of effort on my part as well as my father, wife, sister-in-law, and especially my father-in-law who aided greatly in the design, who tutored me through the construction process, and in whose home all the magic happened.
The design is fully modular and is able to be assembled in-place and without tools, though a rubber mallet helps. Nothing but wood and glue went in to the construction, just like my coffee table. Strong, clean lines, exposed structure, rhythm and movement, and maintaining the natural beauty of the wood were the principles that guided the aesthetic.
The entire system breaks down into a pile of wood (pictured) for easier transport and storage. We actually brought the whole thing up from Houston to Dallas in the back seat of our little Saturn. The bays can be stacked in any configuration that balances which, it turns out, is great because we weren’t able to install them fully stacked due to a space issue in our apartment.
While this particular set is complete and in use now, eventually we hope to build enough of the system to house our entire library.
- Woods: Chinese Maple ply and solid Red Oak
- Finish: 6 coats of Tung Oil
- Weight: 165 lbs
- Height (fully stacked): 6’10”