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Project by emtwoodworker posted 711 days ago 3667 views 11 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a project that I recently completed. I was very hesitant about taking this job because I didn’t care much for the concept and wasn’t sure how it would all work out. All in all I’m pleased with the final product however I don’t think this is one that I’ll be replicating. I built 3 units however the customer is only using 2 for now. It’s birch plywood with GF brown mahagony stain and 4 coats of GF high performance poly. The books on the ceiling are held in place with 1/4” acrylic.

The customer installed them. I believe they are lag bolted to the ceiling joists, at least that’s what I instructed them to do.





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MarkTheFiddler

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#1 posted 711 days ago

Wow! That is so cool! Did you attach them to the ceiling Joists?

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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emtwoodworker

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#2 posted 711 days ago

Mark I sure hope so, the customer installed them and I told them to secure it to the ceiling joists.

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Bagtown

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#3 posted 711 days ago

I think it’s awesome.
Nice job.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#4 posted 711 days ago

Definitely not for earth quake country :-)) Looks like you did a nice job on them.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Hawaiilad

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#5 posted 710 days ago

That is so different, I like it… Trying to understand how you hold the books up on the ceiling part of the shelf…you say you used acrylic..does it just cover part of the shelf and you are able to lift the books in and out of it? Very clever.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#6 posted 710 days ago

wow those are awesome.i’d never thought of that.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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NedB

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#7 posted 710 days ago

all righty.. how do you Load the ceiling level shelves?

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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emtwoodworker

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#8 posted 710 days ago

The truth is this isn’t my design and I didn’t do the final installation so I’m not sure about how easy it is to load the books myself. The acrylic is held in place by a groove on each side of the bookcase as well as a groove along the front edge of the shelf. The acrylic was only supposed to cover 1/3 of the opening so the books are supposed to be able to be slid up and out. I just received the pictures from my customers tonight but I think I have to make a trip to see the mechanics of it myself.

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Jorge G.

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#9 posted 710 days ago

You did a great job, as always do what the customer wants. I think it is a dumb idea though… :-)

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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NedB

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#10 posted 710 days ago

The Cu$tomer i$ alway$ Right.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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clieb91

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#11 posted 710 days ago

Certainly different. Nicely done.
Not sure thought that I would want to be the person sleeping under them, but hey.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Roger

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#12 posted 710 days ago

This is krazy-kool. I’ll bet it’s tough to get just one book out of the ceiling part.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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SPHinTampa

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#13 posted 710 days ago

Nice execution on a wacky concept.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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Wolffarmer

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#14 posted 710 days ago

The “Paying” customer is always right. Yes wacky idea. Not for those with sleep problems.

Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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Kookaburra

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#15 posted 710 days ago

Well, that is unusual. I have a lot of books and am constantly struggling with where to store them, but I do not think it is going to be over my head!

It is a very cool design and I am glad I can look at it here in the safety of my own home. I expect the ones stored at the top are infrequently used books :-)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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