Modern Cantilevered Walnut Bookcase

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Project by Konquest posted 11-22-2011 07:12 AM 4197 views 34 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little bit of a tweak of a bookcase that my mother found in the Crate and Barrell catalog. She liked the look of a bookcase/room divider she saw but wanted a custom size with thinner shelves. Basically this project amounted to a LOT of edging walnut veneered plywood with solid walnut (double the usual amount since it needs to look the same from both sides in case it’s used as a room divider). I wrapped the plywood pieces with 3/4” thick walnut and used a combination of carefully hidden screws and biscuits to hold this thing together. 4 coats of wipe on poly and it is ready for it’s new home. Pretty basic, but it looks cool. It actually doesn’t look bad in my rec room where I took these photos…maybe I need to build one for myself?!?

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#1 posted 11-22-2011 11:40 AM

Walnut never looked bad to me, ever, no matter where you put it. LOL.

Nice execution and great result. Mom’s pretty lucky if you ask me.


-- Jim

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#2 posted 11-22-2011 11:58 AM

Well done, it looks great. I like the offset on the shelves realyl adds interest. Lets here more about how you built this. There a a couple of ways to attack the shelves was wondering on how you did this. Great finish and your right it does look good in the game room.

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

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#3 posted 11-22-2011 01:36 PM

That is sweet. you can put short and tall things in it that way. Thanks for sharing. I’m making it a favorite!!........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 11-22-2011 04:41 PM

Looks great! where did you get walnut veneered plywood? The only place i seem to be able to get some of that is ordering it online. and that is kind of a pain and the ups guy always seems to hate me for that lol

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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#5 posted 11-22-2011 05:41 PM

@ken90712: Biscuits, glue and screws. All the shelves, partitions, and case sides were pre-finished and masked off to prevent squeeze-out, so after glueup, the inside was completetly finished. Then I put on the face frames and finished the outside of the case.

@zindel: I have the luxury of living very close to an excellent lumber dealer:

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#6 posted 11-22-2011 05:50 PM

i really like this design too…nice execution…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 11-22-2011 07:08 PM

Very cool design ,well done.

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#8 posted 11-23-2011 12:21 AM

I really like this, its given me an idea.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#9 posted 11-23-2011 03:06 AM

Wonderful shelving unit

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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