Bookcase Challenge

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Blog entry by CanadianWoodChuck posted 03-28-2008 03:51 AM 2376 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All

I just finished playing with my Sketchup drawing for the bookcase challenge. I’m really enjoying using sketchup for my conceptual drawings. I’m so glad that LJ comes up with these ideas, it gives me a great chance to play in Sketchup.

If I was to build this bookcase I would love to use Oak veneer core plywood for the carcus, oak trim where required and a contrasting wood like padauk for the face frames.

This huge bookcase would cover an area of approximately 5’ from each corner, but it would be very practical in a large room. Of course this is a modular unit and the shelves are adjustable. The shelves sit on tracks that are flush mounted in sides of the bookcase sides. Just your normal shelving brackets from the big box stores. The bottom and top shelves are fixed in dattos. The face frames are all mortise and tenon joinery.

I hope you like it.

I hope everyone is having as much fun as I am with this challenge.


Of all the things I’ve lost I miss my mind the most!

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#1 posted 03-28-2008 04:01 AM

Looks very cool!

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

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 03-28-2008 04:31 AM

That looks like a winner to me. Now let’s see it moved from the design stage into construction.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-28-2008 10:47 AM

Nice concept. I sure wish I could get a handle on SketchUp.

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Jim Boehm

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#4 posted 03-29-2008 05:31 AM

I am digging the thought behind this. Great concept!

-- "Knowledge is King! It is never too late to learn something new." - Jim

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#5 posted 03-29-2008 05:47 AM

“WOW”. Thats a cool lookin bookcase! How do I find this scetchup? Could somebody please help me?

-- Daniel, Tumwater, Wa U.S.A.

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Earle Wright

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#6 posted 03-29-2008 06:26 AM

download it for free from Google

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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#7 posted 03-29-2008 12:56 PM

it’s a great bookcase—and it’s wonderful to hear how you challenged yourself and met the challenge!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 03-30-2008 07:07 PM

Outstanding, Bruce! Love it!!!

LOML wants an entertainment center – and I have postponed it long enough, due to other committments :-( .

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#9 posted 03-31-2008 02:08 AM

Thanks All
All of the entries look great. A lot of people seem to have a handle on sketchup now. A really good tutorial web site besides our own Bob Babcock of course is, try
Lots of free tutorials.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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