Dragon Bookcase

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Project by slapdash posted 12-23-2013 03:31 AM 1114 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There is a dragon on the bookcase pretending to be asleep. It is watching the goings-on in the room. I had to do a commission for my course and my friend (I mean client) wanted a bookcase. How do you make a bookcase into a designer original? Ta-da! Also my tutor didn’t want us making huge projects so I fibbed and told him the dimensions without the crown or the feet. (It is in fact 1800mm tall and 800mm wide).

I hope the feet look rather predatory, they also lift it up so the vacuum can reach under it.

The eye is brass inlay. This was trickey but does get easier with practice. First I made the brass shape and drew round it on thin mdf to cut out a template, oversize. Then I used the trim router to cut a 3mm deep recess and fussed with the template forever until the recess (practice recesses) fitted the brass pieces. Then I bravely cut the recess in the crown and glued the brass in.

In keeping with the theme of dragons and castles, I put bars in the frame of the cupboard, instead of a panel or glass. The feed are spined mitres.

It is pine, stained with “brown oak” and lacquered in the spray-booth at tech.

Thanks for looking.

-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

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#1 posted 12-23-2013 03:36 AM

And another thing, there’s a hidden compartment behind the cupboard. I couldn’t get a photo because the wood is so dark the camera couldn’t cope.

-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

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#2 posted 12-23-2013 05:25 AM

Very nice project. The design is very creative, and you nailed the execution.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 12-23-2013 06:20 AM

Impressive and imaginative ,great build too.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 12-23-2013 06:45 AM

Wow! Cool! Brass is a great choice for the contrast imo

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#5 posted 12-23-2013 12:17 PM


-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#6 posted 12-23-2013 01:55 PM

Very nice, and clever.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#7 posted 12-23-2013 03:22 PM

Well done. Just enough extra detail to make it awesone, but not over the top to make it cartoony looking.

-- Jeff G, North Syracuse, NY

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#8 posted 12-23-2013 03:59 PM

wonderful bookcase

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 12-23-2013 07:32 PM

Awesome. Subtle but eye catching, nice work!

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#10 posted 12-27-2013 11:29 PM

great bookcase what is the depth on that?


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#11 posted 12-31-2013 04:08 AM

Depth is 220 mm, which is about 9 inches. Thanks everyone for your kind words

-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

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