Ladder bookshelves to display photographs

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Project by AstroGuy posted 05-07-2011 02:46 PM 2167 views 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a ladder bookshelf unit that was commissioned by my wife to display family photos. We have a small area of bumped in wall that was only 18” wide, hence a small display unit was needed.

The shelf unit was designed in Sketchup and built from African Mahogany using mortise and loose tenon joinery. It is canted at a 12 degree angle which made cutting the mortises in the side supports an interesting exercise. The finish is a medium brown analine dye stain followed by garnet shellac and wax.

-- Richard

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#1 posted 05-08-2011 03:28 AM

Nice SketchUp rendering. I’m in the process of learning SketchUp.

In Fact: The actual shelving unit looks great!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 05-09-2011 08:35 PM

Nice, I have been wanting to make a pair of ladder shelves for a while but I have a 2 year old and a 4 year old and I think they might actually use them as ladders.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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