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02-08-2013 09:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bookcase beginner

Ill be building a cube style bookcase out of solid wood and I just need a little help. My ceiling is 112” from the floor, what is the maximum height for my bookcase? I was thinking 9’ (108”), also would I be able to get 9’ birch boards? I drew it out in sketchup but im having trouble posting the picture ill try again. Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 02-08-2013 09:09 AM

how big are the doors to this room? or are you building it in place? how much room do you have to stand the piece up?

I usually put a 4’ toekick/base on pieces like this so that it’s easier to put them in place and leave space above to slide the piece into place then cover with trim. And to be honest I”m not exactly sure what you mean by cube style, that’s why I started off with the questions.

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#2 posted 02-09-2013 06:02 AM

Thanks for the response. I’m not sure about the door size but i may have to assemble it in place. I know the ceiling is 112” high and i plan on making the bookcase 108”. Should it be smaller? I finally figured out how to attach a picture go me!
http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s635/nygiants77/Screenshot2013-02-09at125417AM_zps2338b52a.png

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#3 posted 02-10-2013 12:48 AM

The link didn’t work for me.

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#5 posted 02-10-2013 01:03 AM

Maybe modular and fasten the two together in place?

Looks like a fun project.

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#6 posted 02-10-2013 01:39 AM

I agree with TCC that you should make a ~4” base that you can easily level. I would dado the verticals to accept the shelves. You will need to check with your lumber supplier to see if they have 10” birch that you would need to mill to 9”. Do you intend to put a back on the case for rigidity? Finally, unless you really are a NY Giant, you will need a spare set of hands to carry the completed unit to the room. HTH

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#7 posted 02-10-2013 02:12 AM

No there would be no case on the back.This is turning into a more complicated project then i had originally thought

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#8 posted 02-10-2013 02:42 AM

I see. If you build it in place you can go floor to ceiling, but
if you build it in sections, geometry will dictate how you
go about standing it up in the room.

One way to do this sort of thing is to sort of frame the
major sections like little interior walls with 2×3s with
1/4” or 1/2” plywood skins on them and solid wood
on the front so there are no plywood edges exposed.

10’ lengths of birch should not be too hard to find,
but the modernist aesthetic you are pursuing is generally
not done in solid woods for pragmatic reasons.

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