Built in book storage

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Project by speedingtickets posted 08-13-2010 10:39 PM 1421 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The walls in our house containing the fireplace insert were eating a lot of much needed space. So with permission from the boss I tore into them with the idea I could put in some extra storage. After cleaning out all the rat scat from some unwanted guests that had been living in the nice warm spot for who knows how long, I got started on the fun part.

I framed in where each shelf was to go with 2×4s to give a sturdy enough anchor with the idea that I could climb up them without the use of a ladder. After that I put some drywall over it. I used hard rock maple for the shelf supports and fascia. I used ¾” birch ply for the shelf base and hemlock quarter round to hide any gaps from the original construction. After that it was time to load it up with books 3 deep. I’m not allowed to climb it in front of the young ones but I sure had fun building it.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 08-14-2010 12:24 AM

Hey that looks pretty darn good, great way to to get a little more space out of your house.

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#2 posted 08-14-2010 12:57 AM

“I’m not allowed to climb it in front of the young ones…” LOL. Great shelf! It’s amazing how much storage you can get from a narrow space. Tough decision, though, as to what titles go to the inside of a three-deep stack! Nice work.


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#3 posted 08-14-2010 03:08 AM

Nicely done.
Good looking helper you have

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#4 posted 08-14-2010 12:05 PM

Well done, always nice to have more storage.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 08-14-2010 02:16 PM

Great job!! Nice use of wasted space.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 08-14-2010 05:05 PM

Neat idea.

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#7 posted 08-15-2010 05:00 PM

great job
but have you created a fire hazard?
just wondering

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#8 posted 08-15-2010 11:19 PM

Hi Woody57

That’s a great question. I consulted a few folks before this project. As long as the clearance on the sides of the insert are greater than or = to the clearance on the back it’s safe. To be more up to code I used 2 thicknesses of sheet rock so in essence the bookshelf is better off then the other walls of the house.

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