Safe base dimensions Vs. Project height

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Forum topic by Phiz posted 01-17-2012 12:48 AM 1134 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2012 12:48 AM

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Hey all. I am very new to woodworking. The only project I have completed so far is my workbench, which I basically followed plans for. I have decided to design my second project from scratch.

I just got a table saw for Christmas, and decided my next project should be a bookcase, for the seemingly hundreds of books we somehow have.

My question: Is there a rule of thumb for the relationship between project height and base dimensions? I seem to be liking a tall narrow bookcase, and am wondering how unstable it will be.

(Current design is ~ 80” tall, and 25” x 12”, no tapering or anything.)

-- - Jeff

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#1 posted 01-17-2012 12:58 AM

Anchor the top portion to a stud in the wall!

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#2 posted 01-17-2012 01:02 AM

What’s the floor it will live on (or which on which it will live if you’re a grammarian)? Have ya thought about a possible wall anchor for stability?


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#3 posted 01-17-2012 01:02 AM

I don’t know of a particular rule of thumb for this.

However, you live in CA. If you are in a earthquake prone area, I would recommend securing your bookcase to a wall.

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#4 posted 01-17-2012 01:16 AM

It will be on carpet to begin with. My job keeps us moving, so I probably need to have something that is suitable for all floor types.

I could anchor it in the wall, but the house is a rental, and I don’t know if there will be a stud where my wife envisions the bookcase going.

I’m guessing that you agree that it will be too narrow for its height.

edit I mixed up the width and depth in my head….... with a 2 foot base, there should be a stud somewhere on the back surface.

-- - Jeff

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#5 posted 01-17-2012 01:17 AM

Rich, good point about CA. I am new to the area, and don’t believe my area is very quake prone. I’ll do some research. Thanks!

-- - Jeff

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