Barrister Book Case

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Project by s_grifter posted 08-25-2011 03:26 PM 1406 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a solid Red Oak barrister style book case. there are four different sections to this case, the base, the two book cases, and the top, all seperate and can be expanded.

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#1 posted 08-25-2011 03:37 PM

Very nicely done – looks great.

I have a design for one of these floating around in my head, and was wondering how you did the sliding hinge effect.. Did you use a plan, or your own design, or a hardware kit?

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#2 posted 08-25-2011 03:38 PM

Very Nice!!

I keep thinking about building one of these…but it’s still just thinking!

Thanks for sharing!


-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#3 posted 08-25-2011 06:18 PM

I did not use a any plans, for this piece I went to every antiques store that I could find and studdied every piece that I could find. After a while one companies bookcases kept showing up, so I did some research and they were the original manufacturers of the book cases, Globe Wernicke. So I studdied how they built their cases. They had it down pretty good, so I designed mine off of how they manufactured theirs. I made some changes, they used more plywood than I did in mine. The only thing that I could not replicate was their lid mechanism. At the time, rockler was the only one that had anything remotely close, but it was plastic. The original, if I remember correctly had a pin, the impresive part is that they had a scissor mechanism attached to the top of the door that ensured that the door opened and closed evenly. simple and great design. I designed my door to pivot on a pin on the top of the case, there is a channel on each side of the door that the pin floats in so that the door opens smoothly. Mine just does not have the scissor mechanism. their really not that hard to build. Globe had a good design for mass producing them quickley and with minimal wood, the sides and front, excluding the top, are really all the nice wood that you need, the rest is hidden. I also designed mine, so that the grain is a continuous match thw whole way up the sides, not that many people notice. Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate it.

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