My Bookcase Entry

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Blog entry by Thuan posted 04-17-2008 06:03 AM 3594 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For your consideration is my bookcase design entry.
Challenge04 Lumberjocks

Before I approach this contest, I had to think about what the core of the the contest is about. I had to understand what the result should be and then put my spin on it. Chances are, it would have to have to be a unique spin on an ancient piece of furniture that is universally appealing. This has to be photogenic to compete with the other wood working magazine, and yet has a calling to the Popular woodworkers.

Challenge04 Elevation

I beging with the design aspect. The golden ratio is the base of all design, so I started here. The 4×8 sheet of plywood is the base of the cabinet builders’ arsenal. I started here as well. I added the two together and we have a bookcase that is base on the golden ratio, 38” x 65” x 12” DEEP, made from a 4×8’ – 3/4” ply wood and a 4×8’ -1/4” plyWOOD and dimensional lumber that is readily available to Most woodworkers. Having almost no waste form the plywood to produce this bookcase has the universal appeal to any woodworker.

Challenge 04 Cut

My bookcase has the element of being flexible. A beginner can build this with circular saw and dowels, use stock molding, while the advanced woodworker can add the inset doors and the beaded face frame that can be jack mitered together and customize the crown.

I apologize I didn’t offer the sketch up on this contest as I design a lot faster and better on paper.
Challenge04 crown

Challenge04 legs

-- Thuan

5 comments so far

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#1 posted 04-17-2008 06:12 AM

Nice symmetry and balance. The frame free doors are unique. Cool.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#2 posted 04-17-2008 06:21 AM

Actually, the doors would have the frame if people choose to build it. There’s only 1/4 materials leftover for the door panels.

-- Thuan

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#3 posted 04-17-2008 06:25 AM

Well, I meant they are just there, with minimal framework, almost have the appearance of floating..

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#4 posted 04-17-2008 03:59 PM

Pretty cool, Thuan!

Nice drawings.

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

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#5 posted 04-17-2008 08:28 PM

I can’t help but see a Tetris piece. Looks cool!

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