Book Rack

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Project by Douglas Krueger posted 03-21-2008 08:54 AM 1615 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The local Pattaya Expats Club (PEC) has a weekly gathering and one of the services provided is a book/DVD swap table. The table was a constant battle against disorgainized kaos so I dug thru the scrap pile and put this together in an effort to win the war. It is in the Utilitarian style -functional and fits the needs.

It is made from a local Thailand wood mai padoo; about 38 long by 18 high. Even tried my hand at a little freehand woodburning using the only tool available, my soldering iron, hopefully the logo will prevent it from growing legs and walking off.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-21-2008 10:56 AM

This is a nice bookshelf. The wood is quite interesting as well. I have not seen this before. The color and grain make this a focal point. Nice burning. It gives the piece some visual interest.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-21-2008 12:02 PM

Nice job. The wood is interesting.

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#3 posted 03-21-2008 12:55 PM

a great solution – and lovely to look at as well
Nice job.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 03-21-2008 02:42 PM

I would only quibble about calling it a “shelf.” It has all the features of a classic “arts and crafts” book rack, except the lack of “through tenons.” Can you amend your key words to add “rack”?

The stops are a great innovation; I’ve never seen that before. The wood looks like everything wood should be. I’m not sure that branding a piece stops it from growing legs. I’ve been an auditor all my professional career, and it has ceased to amaze me what people will “borrow,” even though I believe that most people are basically honest. (I think it has something to do with the belief that what “belongs” to everybody can safely be converted to private use without asking.)

I have seen companies on the internet that will design or use your design to make custom branding irons to use in marking your work. They didn’t look too expensive, most under $100 (US, for whatever that’s worth now), and I’ve been tempted to see what I could come up with.

-- Hibernicvs

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#5 posted 03-21-2008 04:59 PM

I hate it when things grow legs and walk off. Nice job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 03-21-2008 05:15 PM

Nice, functional design. And I like the wood a lot.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Douglas Krueger

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#7 posted 03-22-2008 06:02 AM

Hibernicvs, your right, it is more of a rack that a shelf, duly noted.

Regarding the book stops, I wanted to come up with a stop that would remain fixed to the rack so as not to get misplaced and came up with the idea of an angled notch that slides along the shelf rail and is trapped by the angle cuts. If they really want the stops, nothing short of breaking things will succeed.

I thought about creating a branding iron but did not see any futher use for one in the future so stuck with my trusty soldering iron.

Thanks to all for taking the time to comment.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#8 posted 09-09-2008 11:35 PM

love your book rack , most ok people think it’s simple but it’snt, purest the design, more complicated the realization, well done, great lesson


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