Revolving Bookcase

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Project by Don Johnson posted 10-16-2010 01:30 PM 3993 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

John, a friend of mine made the bookcase with mahogany banding shown in the accompanying pictures, and I decided to make my own version – simpler, ‘cos I’m not as good as John, and it had to be in oak to match other lounge furniture (so my wife told me!)
It stands on a 12 inch lazy susan fitting, which is very slim, and has no separate base, so looks quite neat in my view.
(BTW – ‘tennis racquet’ in one picture is an electronic fly-swat)

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#1 posted 10-16-2010 03:01 PM

Great idea, and nicely done!

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#2 posted 10-16-2010 03:09 PM

Great job!! Nice design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 10-16-2010 04:40 PM

Very nice! I could use one of these.

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

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#4 posted 10-16-2010 07:05 PM

I have an old antique book simular to this one. I have had mine for 30 years and was tild it was in a Doctors office for 50 years when I purchased it. They are great pieces to have.

Yours looks great.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#5 posted 10-16-2010 09:19 PM

Nice work.
Thats wonderful by a good reading chair.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 10-16-2010 10:24 PM

. . . . and the chair on the left pops up a footrest when you push a button on the side.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#7 posted 10-16-2010 10:39 PM

This is to DIE for!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#8 posted 10-17-2010 12:24 AM

Great idea and implementation.

One question, does it swivel? How? Is it stable enough?

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#9 posted 10-17-2010 12:55 AM

Good looking bookcase. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 10-17-2010 01:26 AM

Hey Don,
Sweet design and nice finish…well done.

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#11 posted 10-17-2010 11:18 AM

Hi syret, – you may have missed the line about being rotatable: “It stands on a 12 inch lazy susan fitting, which is very slim, and has no separate base, so looks quite neat in my view.”
It IS very stable, but couldn’t tilt very far anyway as the lasy susan is only about 1/2 inch high, and the bottom trim fills part of the gap to the floor.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#12 posted 10-18-2010 12:01 AM

I have the same electric fly swat, works so great. Now I need this accompanying bookcase to complete the setup! ^^

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#13 posted 03-06-2011 08:34 PM

Nice job. This one really inspires me on how to use shorts and make a great project.

Thanks for posting.


-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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