Bookcase for the Challange

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 04-14-2008 07:46 AM 2157 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here is my entry for the bookcase challenge.

It’s meant to be constructed using standard frame and panel construction using solid wood, except
for the back which would be plywood.

I have never seen a bookcase on wheels before, so that dictated the smaller size. Too heavy and it
wouldn’t roll very easily on carpet. The advantages to a bookcase on wheels is the ability to move it
from room to room or around the room without having to empty it.

The reason for it opening and closing is to give you the option of keeping the books out of view or
out of reach of small children (of which I am the proud parent of one). Wheels on the main case as
well as the doors makes it easy to move or open.

The curved section can be built any number of ways. Veneered bending plywood, kerf bending,
lamination… For those the might not like the challenge of the curved surface I have added a drawing
showing it without it.
All the panels (except for the curved section) are exactly the same size making production easy.

The upper shelves in the doors is great for smaller books or Objects D’art.


Here is the alternate drawing without the curved section. It looks kind of plain in my opinion.


You can find the AutoCAD2000 DXF here
If you need to see the pictures larger you can find them here:

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

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#1 posted 04-14-2008 10:24 AM

it’s got an old English panel feel to it…neat.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 04-14-2008 11:38 AM

A mobile bookcase!!! Why am I not surprised that you would “engineer” something that is unique. :)

Gary, this is a very interesting bookcase. It certainly is inspiring. I really like the curved upper section as opposed to the traditional design. I also like the ability to close it. Aesthetically this makes it more appealing.

Very nice!!!

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

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#3 posted 04-14-2008 11:51 AM

That’s an interesting piece of furniture. The operation reminds me of a traveling wardrobe you’d see in the early 1900’s. Cool.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 04-14-2008 12:58 PM

Very nice Gary!

An indoor Bookmobile!

This shouldn’t be too difficult to build either way.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 04-14-2008 01:22 PM

I kind of like it without the curves only because it looks better closed. But both look great.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#6 posted 04-14-2008 01:37 PM

Nice Gary, Looks like a winner.


-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#7 posted 04-14-2008 01:45 PM

I’m looking forward to your finished project… they always turn out cool.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#8 posted 04-14-2008 01:55 PM

Nice Gary. It’s got a real lawyers office/library feel to it with the panels. I like the mobile tool cabinet usability you designed into it. Your drawings are crisp and accurate….they look like mechanical prints..right down to the decimal unit dimensioning! Nice work…


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#9 posted 04-14-2008 02:10 PM

Nice entry Gary! Cant wait to see it finished. What is the lumber of choice for this project?

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#10 posted 04-14-2008 02:14 PM

Hey, isn’t there a Lumberjocks clause that says you can’t win more than one contest in a 12 month period? <grin>

I know we will eventually see the finished project, and I’m confident it’s going to be a beauty!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 04-14-2008 04:09 PM

Jimthecarver – I would use the wood that is always my wood of choice, mahogany.

Don’t know if I’ll build it. I’m actually running out of room in my house for all the things I’ve built.

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

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#12 posted 04-14-2008 05:28 PM

Great looking book case Gary. Really looks like a winner to me. Good Luck. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 04-14-2008 07:45 PM

no room, Gary? No problem—just move it out of the way. It’s on wheels you know (ha oh I am so funny)

I like that the panels are the same for easy production.

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

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#14 posted 04-15-2008 01:13 AM

Debbie – Exactly where would I move it to? :-)

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

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#15 posted 04-15-2008 02:31 AM

This looks like it is going to be a show stopper – The design is magnificent- it reminds me of a museum piece. I am really looking forward to this project becoming reality. Good Luck in your very industrious undertaking!

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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