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Project by BAKTHAVATHSAL KADAMBI posted 01-05-2012 03:12 PM 6438 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have Double “L” stairs, at one end of our double height living room, connecting ground and first levels. The space under the steps, was vacant and was not put to any use, since 2000, when the house was built. I wished to use that space, to the maximum, with a combination of storage underneath.

The 3’ X 3’ space under the second landing, has full 7’ clearance and I decided to put a glass and steel showcase for my numerous curios and the space of around 3’ X 7’ with varying heights leading to the second landing, i have designed and built a Book Shelf. The shelf was built with frame of 18mm plywood and shelves of 12mm plywood with half round wooden beading, fixed on all edges.

Entire lower portion of about 30” X 7’ is divided in two sections with shelves inside, where my collection of music CDs and DVDs are stored. This part has 12mm shutter doors with teak veneered plywood and upper portion is open shelves of different fancy sizes to house my collection of books and curios. Open shelves are painted with white enamel with satin pink colored beading, frame beading is polished mahogany strain, and shutters strained with natural teak shade.

Entire shelf, rests on 4 large stainless steel legs of 4” height. I choose this kind of legs instead of a platform, to facilitate pulling out the shelf, for cleansing to keep the space below stairs free from any insects etc.


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#1 posted 01-05-2012 04:52 PM

Sweet use of the space under the stairs. It will give good ideas to other LJs!!.............Jim

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

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#2 posted 01-05-2012 06:05 PM

good use of dead space,well done.

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#3 posted 11-28-2012 09:33 AM

NO, it is not too late to comment by now! I like your book shelf in particular and the other two projects very much. I visited your page after reading your comment on my clock and I liked the shelf idea, but, my workshop has only wood turning equipments and I can not make anything like yours. I like the ornaments you collect and keep in your glass shelf. Actually, I have one of them and that is my lovely wife, Asha.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....



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#4 posted 11-28-2012 10:06 AM

hello Sam. Thanks for your encouraging comments. Nice to know that you live Australia. I love that country, when I lived in Singapore for 4 long years, I have planed many times to visit Australia, but my work schedule came in the way every time. Woodworking is a wonderful hobby and it is nice to know you. Warmest greetings to you and your wife, Asha.

We are lucky to be on this Wonderful Forum, where we can see the range of creativity and ingenuity of jigs and fixtures that many members come up with, day after day.. which go a long way to enhance the quality of our own creation. The Bookshelf is a pretty simple project. I have used 3/4” plywood and half round beading for the edges and I used only my Circular Saw, Jig Saw for the Stair Profile shape for the shelf and drill and a driver. All are butt joints. The “ornaments” portion of the shelf is pure Stainless Steel shelf channel fixed with SS Arms for holding the 1/4” clear glass shelves of different sizes. I prefer to Balance different sized shelves in all my design.

I neither have skills or tools for wood turning. I know, you must be enjoying it, exclusively. I am designing a small wood turning lathe, with one of my many drilling machines i have with a lathe bed, made of solid wood and try to learn a my first few baby steps in turning.


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