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My stepdaughter and her family just moved into a really stately old home in town, and one wall of the fore-room just begged for a massive bookcase. With nearly nine-foot ceilings, my imagination got the better of me, and so the drawings came together in the form of a 3-section, break-front bookcase in MDF with birch trim. Photobucket
As you can see, I knew this unit would be well-used! It stands over seven feet tall, with a potential horizontal net surface of 58 linear feet….And it’s not enough for these two bookworms! Photobucket With my lack of foresight, the three components each had to lie horizontal in my shop during construction, yeah, my ceilings are under seven feet tall. Photobucket
The shelves are 3/4” MDF with solid wood edges, and I expect that they will not sag any time soon! The two end units are 12 inches deep, and the center section is 14” Photobucket It was my intent for this to blend into its surroundings, rather than be a standalone showpiece. This was a housewarming gift that was relatively easy to create, and I’m sure will be well used by the family. Thanks for looking!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!





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Brett

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#1 posted 870 days ago

You are a great Step-Dad to make such a nice housewarming gift! It looks like they may need to place another request in for you to make some more. ;) Nice work. It must have been a challenge to have those in your shop sideways for construction. And three of them at that!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com

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BTKS

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#2 posted 870 days ago

Nice gift and craftsmanship to boot!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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dpow

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#3 posted 870 days ago

Hey, you said it yourself, these shelves were “relatively easy to create” and I see some empty wall space so…..
anyway this is a nice project that looks to be well used. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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thedude50

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#4 posted 870 days ago

i don’t envy you moving that much mdf is heavy. i personally don’t dig the color, but that was someone else s choice. i am sure they loved it i do like the general design and the trim work is good .did you make all the trim or was it off the shelf the only thing i don’t like and i want to say please drill holes the runners rob your craftsmanship and make it look bad if you had taken a little more time and drilled holes for the shelves it would look alot better IMHO i don’t mean to be rude but feel if no one points it out you will do it again and the result will be the same ugly metal strips glaring at you saying bad things and the rest of the piece screams well done but i hate those shelf bars with a passion i give it 4 out of 5 stars because of the metal strips .

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 870 days ago

Nice work.

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

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KDaddy

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#6 posted 869 days ago

Well done! I am sure they will be well loved…

-- So much wood, so little time

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 869 days ago

They look real nice, Poopie. I love books too and I need a set about that size right now in my study. Nice work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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poopiekat

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#8 posted 869 days ago

Thanks for all the kind comments! With a 3-foot span in the middle, 36 inches of books can be too heavy for any peg-style shelf supports, especially when they only will penetrate the MDF to a depth of 1/4 inch at the most. With their active 2-yr-old already trying to figure out how to climb the shelves to get to his darned lightsabre, my worries were confirmed about the reliabilty of pegged supports. True enough, it was weird not being able to see the project pre-assembled, so I was glad to see it come together on-site. The color was picked by the step-daughter, who provided the paint, the balance going on an adjacent accent wall, so it will be a coordinated color. Thanks again for looking!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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poopiekat

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#9 posted 535 days ago

@ the-dud-50: Which one of the Keno twins of ’Antiques Roadshow’ fame do you fantasize yourself to be?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 535 days ago

Hey PoopyK…

That’s quite a project!

That’s a LOT of books!

That’s a lot of weight!

Why is the outside end red? The red in the inside around the shelves looks like a nice change…
... but, on the outside end?

... or is it a photography problem?

... or is it a problem with my monitor display?

It’s doing a wonderful job of holding books…

I don’t pretend to be anyone on the Antiques Roadshow program… I do enjoy the show… when I see it…

Have a nice w/e…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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