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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 03-19-2008 01:13 AM 3269 reads 4 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We’re at it again – it’s Challenge time!! And we’re raising the bar again ;)

I know – you are so excited and want to know the details. You will have to wait until next week to read all about it but I can give you a sneak peek into what is going to be happening! Remember our Thorsen Table and Virtual Dining Table Challenges from last year? Well, we partnered with Popular Woodworking magazine again to bring your the best challenge ever.

Popular Woodworking

This time it’s all about the bookcase – a piece of furniture that everyone uses and everyone needs. It’s a project that, more than likely, you’ve built sometime in your woodworking career.

Each serious woodworking project starts with planning and a solid design. This project should be no exception. So create your “one of a kind” bookcase design then submit the finished plans as a challenge entry. Use your favorite computer program such as Google SketchUp or other 3D/CAD software. Or, if you prefer hand drawn plans, you can submit those too. Regardless of what process you use, the design must be able to be built in a woodworking shop.

Get the Ball Rolling

To help get the ball rolling, Glen Huey, Senior Editor of PW, prepared excellent primer about the bookcase inspiration and ideas:

”To get started with this challenge, the first step is to take a look at existing bookcases for inspiration and ideas. Check out any books you have, photos you’ve collected over the past few years or look to the Internet. Below are a number of links to web sites that showcase furniture, help with design or are focused primarily on bookcases. You certainly should find a “jump-off” point to begin your design. I came away stoked to design a bookcase and I’m not allowed to enter the contest – legally that is.

Furniture Index
A searchable collection of more than 10,000 pieces of Danish furniture.

Design Addict
A resource for modern, post-modern and contemporary design of the 20th-21st centuries.

Digital Library of the Decorative Arts
Electronic resources for study and research of the decorative arts, with a particular focus on Early America.

A collection of ways to exhibit book covers. Don’t miss the previous year’s photos as well.

Another important aspect of bookcase design is to know working specifics about building bookcases. Did you know that most shelves vary between 8” and 12” in width? Or the maximum span for 3/4”-thick shelves is 36” in length? To add you your knowledge and complement your creativity, we’ve included Troy Sexton’s article, “Everything You Must Know About Shelving” from Popular Woodworking magazine, August 2000 (issue #116). It’s loaded with pertinent bookcase facts and information. Click here to download a pdf of the story. ”

What does the winning design get? That’s something you’ll have to find out next week.. But, I can tell you it’s not something Popular Woodworking, nor any other woodworking magazine, has ever offered before. Stay tuned! You don’t want to miss this one ;)

42 comments so far

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#1 posted 03-19-2008 01:17 AM

gasp.. This is exciting!!!!

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

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#2 posted 03-19-2008 01:32 AM

oooooo . . . . the suspense is overwhelming!

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#3 posted 03-19-2008 01:33 AM

Sounds very interesting!

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

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#4 posted 03-19-2008 01:35 AM

I was excited up to the point of reading that we didn’t have to build anything. Then my bubble burst. My wife had mentioned wanting another bookcase or two. I don’t do Sketch-up, preferring graphite design work. Oh well, I’ll watch with interest.

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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#5 posted 03-19-2008 01:39 AM

wow this is exciting. I’ve been wanting to build a bookcase to showcase my “popular mechanics: do it yourself encyclopedia” printed 1957 that was handed down from my uncle to me. it originally belonged to my grandfather.

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#6 posted 03-19-2008 01:54 AM


-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 03-19-2008 02:35 AM

Aaaah – the plot thickens.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 03-19-2008 02:50 AM

Hmmm. What could it be?. .. . . .

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#9 posted 03-19-2008 02:52 AM

I’ll be here next week, and in the meantime… My diabolical plan factory is already hard at work brainstorming for total worldwide bookshelve domination!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#10 posted 03-19-2008 03:04 AM

oh yah chuck… I can hear the evil laugh from here!

“What are we going to do tonight, Brain?” “Same thing we do every night, Pinkie.. try and take over the world!!!!”

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

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#11 posted 03-19-2008 04:31 AM

Bring it on!!!

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

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#12 posted 03-19-2008 04:34 AM

Hey, CutNRun – don’t watch from the sidelines – Martin said you’d be able to submit hand-drawn plans, too.

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#13 posted 03-19-2008 09:21 AM

Man, I don’t know NOTHIN’ about design or bookshelves. But you better bet I’ll be thinking about something to submit!

-- Eric at

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#14 posted 03-19-2008 03:07 PM

Aaaah – the plot thickens.

—Bill – “Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased.”

And he turned on the buzz saw…............

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#15 posted 03-19-2008 07:41 PM

Sharpen up the ol’ mouse ball…

-- He said wood...

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