Slab, Walk-around Bookcase

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360 degree bookcase. It’s stable, but I think I want to re-think the base and make it stronger. The “tipping point” vulnerability is not left-right or front-back. It’s diagonal.

Any thoughts?

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov.......

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#1 posted 09-09-2012 04:30 AM

My thought is I really like it. Great Idea and it’s the kind of unusual I really like.

I’m no expert by any means but do you you think an X-shaped base would look funny?

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#2 posted 09-09-2012 02:24 PM

Would love to see a side view!

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#3 posted 09-09-2012 03:06 PM

I like it

It could also block out an area

like a screen

The Base?

I could not comment as In my projects

I have an unstable table, I could solve the

stability problem but soil the lookk

Tough calls


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#4 posted 09-09-2012 03:16 PM

nice shelf.only thing i could think of is a higher brace up on the slab maybe have it cut at an angle.just a thought i’m not a expert though.

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#5 posted 09-09-2012 04:01 PM

This is an awesome idea! Once you get the base right it will be perfect!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#6 posted 09-10-2012 12:44 AM

That is a cool bookshelf IF you can solve the stability issue. Couple of thoughts: Screw it to the floor and plug the screw holes if it is to be in one spot forever. Or make a larger disc for the base and glue the existing base to the disc. Best I can come up with for now.

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#7 posted 09-10-2012 02:21 AM

Looks great! I love the design. I am curious as to how you have the base. Is it just two pieces one side to side and one front to back? Or are there two running side to side in front and behind? I would sudgest using two front to back and two side to side, giving you four supports. Spread them out as much as you can, you could even have the front to back extend past the edge of the slab. Also, extend the leg a little. I think by having four points of contact it will be more stable.

Good luck, it is a beautiful piece and I am sure you will get it worked out.

-- Chris Adkins,

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#8 posted 09-10-2012 02:24 AM

take the pun as you wish

maybe play on the balance of opposites with the same feet, let the front leg extend left an xtra 6”, the back leg extend right 6”, but with 2 cross legs, also offset to carry the balance…? might still look too symetrical…

-- Adam Scudder Woodworking

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#9 posted 09-10-2012 02:26 AM

Thanks for the feedback, folks!

The “front/back” support is quite good with the one “foot.” The lateral support comes from TWO “skies” on either side of the slab:

The “skies” are asymmetrical. The “shorter” one on the right is longer on the other side. But these “skies” are NOT long enough. Not that it will tip over. I don’t have a fear of that. But if you bump it hard, it could ROCK, which would cause your stuff to fall off of it.

The easiest solution is a 2’x3’ board at the base, lag-screwed from below into the base and “feet.” The problem with that is that when you approach the bookcase, you now may have half a shoe standing on a 3/4” board….

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov.......

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#10 posted 09-10-2012 04:21 PM

It would take a fair amount of wood, but what about conical base of solid/laminated wood? It would give it a sword in the stone sort of look which may or may not be what you are after. The extra weight of the wood in addition to providing support in every direction should increase stability. It may impede how close the user could get to the shelves depending on how wide the base was made.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#11 posted 09-10-2012 06:35 PM

“Sky hook”

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#12 posted 09-10-2012 08:12 PM

The natural touch emphasizes its beauty.
Great work.

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#13 posted 12-17-2012 05:25 PM

Nice piece. Like that you are pushing the envelope and looking at things differently. To me it is more an art piece than functional piece. I have way too many books. LOL! Possibly redefining it as opposed to re engineering?

Wieght changes to any of the shelves would shift gravity forces and the load?

Probably would require an opposing force downward, making it a fixed sculpture?

Good luck! LOL!

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#14 posted 12-17-2012 05:32 PM

totally unique design,well done.

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#15 posted 12-17-2012 06:50 PM

Hey Doc,

The bookcase handles weight okay. And it would really take a hefty pushto tip it over. The problem is more that if you bump it it shakes, thereby knocking your books to the floor! I think the best is actually to anchor it to the floor… :)

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov.......

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