Le Petite Bookcase

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Blog entry by BertJ posted 04-11-2008 02:13 AM 5537 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed this bookcase using the Golden Mean ratio. The narrowest part of the side frames (where the middle shelf is located) is 0.6 the height of the bookcase.

The dyed maple frames are doweled except for the top of the center stile, which has two pocket screws. (The center stile and lower front stretcher are not the same thickness as the other frame parts, giving the project a nice shadow line.)

The frames are attached to the carcase with biscuits along the top and bottom, but splines and loose tenons align and strengthen the joinery. The 10×48 black marble top just sits on top of the carcase, nesting inside the frames.

I built this prototype without the marble top and used plywood for the carcase. Also, the frames are only 3/4 inches thick instead of the design size of 1-1/8 inches.

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#1 posted 04-11-2008 03:10 AM

Wow, very nice project, well done dude!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 04-11-2008 04:28 AM

Very nice looking bookcase!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 04-19-2008 06:00 AM

Great looking bookcase. Nice job.

Good luck.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 06-13-2008 11:07 PM

Great looking bookcase

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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