Hanging bookcase

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Project by SamT posted 06-14-2008 10:25 AM 2565 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was inspired by the philosophy of this project

I planned for it to be quick and simple but I kept making a mess of the angled lap joint until I finally found the patience to make a jig for it. Lucky I used cheap pine!

I used a program called DeltaCAD to draw the project first. The shelves taper in a geometric progression; the ratio of the biggest to smallest shelf is 1:1.618. The tapering of the shelf depth follows the same relationship.

For me this was a really profound project because it’s the first time I’ve emphasised design over execution.

The idea behind the colouring was to accentuate the shelves and make the supports less visible.

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#1 posted 06-14-2008 01:29 PM

Mice design.

-- If you have gone through a whole day without learning something new, you wasted it.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 06-14-2008 01:33 PM

Very nice!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 06-14-2008 02:15 PM

Very nice design and a solid execution to go with it.

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#4 posted 06-14-2008 02:23 PM

Nice shelf, I like the colour choice.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 06-14-2008 02:36 PM

Nice looking bookcase. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 06-14-2008 03:50 PM

So where are the books?


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#7 posted 06-14-2008 11:54 PM


I thing it turned out very nice. Doesn’t it feel nice when the bookshelf does not take all the air in the room to hold just few things? Most important thing is that it does not look like something you find in furniture stores. As for the geometric progression, I use it more and more since the eye, as it is the case for your project, likes it a lot.

Thanks for your comment on my bookshelf project.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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