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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 04-10-2008 07:03 PM 1801 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My personal challenge is to create something for each of the LJ challenges. So far I’ve been able to meet that goal. This particular challenge was difficult 1) because I’m not much on designing and 2) I haven’t figured out that darned Sketchup yet… argh.

I wanted to design a place where I could sit and read and have ready access to books for researching. I also wanted it to be just desk level so I could tuck it under a window.

  • A central table top area for reading is flanked on both sides by two book storage areas
  • The top half of each book storage area is for horizontal storage with vertical storage below.
  • The table top is a flip-top with a shallow storage area underneath providing room for highlighters, stickie notes, notepads and pens (see adaptation drawing in comments section. Thanks to Lip for the idea)
  • table top is 24” high and 15” deep
  • horizontal storage areas are 12” deep and 8” wide and sit 2” from top of table
  • vertical storage areas (lower sections) are 10” in the areas closest to the table and 8” for the outside areas (and 8” wide)

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

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#1 posted 04-10-2008 08:36 PM

cool concept

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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

interesting concept. How will you add strength to the center panel that will sit 22 inches from the bottom? Maybe you should also leave room on the top for a comfy cushion?

-- making sawdust....

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#3 posted 04-10-2008 10:17 PM

Respectfully Ms. Debbie…. I could be wrong, but your overall dimensions come out to 24”...., but when you break it down in the middle it only adds up to 22” ? Did you allow for the thickness of the wood ? I hope you don’t mind…... it is better to discover your mistakes before they are reality and have to scrap it.
I comment in a friendly way. I don’t usually discover these things ‘till it’s too late.

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#4 posted 04-10-2008 10:25 PM

oh yah.. the wood thickness and all those technical things :)

22: 24… ah.. sure I can count! lol darned calculator hehe

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

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#5 posted 04-10-2008 10:49 PM


I am with you. Sometimes it is better just to jump in and make some sawdust and worry about the technical details later. :)

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

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#6 posted 04-10-2008 11:26 PM

Thats quite unique. I think its a very creative idea.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#7 posted 04-10-2008 11:28 PM

I just solved the addition problem
the table sits 24” high .
and the first book shelves are only at 22” high so the books are a couple inches below the top of the table.

darn.. and I already threw the calculator in the garbage.. doh

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

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#8 posted 04-10-2008 11:30 PM

Cool Debbie. Functional Desigh.

-- 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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#9 posted 04-11-2008 03:04 AM

Very interesting Debbie. I can’t say I’ve ever seen anything like it. Good luck.

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

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#10 posted 04-11-2008 03:33 AM

Hi Ms. Executive Director;

Wow, you sure have colorful books. You sure they’re research books?

Creative design, and appears to be very practical.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 04-11-2008 01:42 PM

spirituality books—come in ALL colours and shapes :)

thanks everyone for the feedback.

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

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#12 posted 04-11-2008 01:47 PM

And thanks to CanadianWoodChuck for this Sketchup version of the bookcase:

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

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#13 posted 04-11-2008 05:21 PM

A clever design!

It looks to me like your getting the hang of using Sketchup.

I’ve finally learned how to spell it correctly.;o)

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

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#14 posted 04-11-2008 06:26 PM

Yes I’ve learned how to do it—get someone else to do it for you!! :)
I can get a rectangle but that’s about it :)

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

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#15 posted 04-12-2008 02:09 AM

My bookcase keeps getting better and better. Thanks to Lip for this adaptation. I like this! A place for highlighters, stickies, note paper and pens. (And it also gives that bit of stability suggested above).

Thanks for the idea and the work put into drawing it up.

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

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