Little Free Library - Cass Gilbert inspired

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Project by mnguy posted 10-02-2012 02:50 PM 1815 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our church, Saint Clement’s Episcopal in Saint Paul, MN, wanted a Little Free Library. Our sanctuary building was designed by Cass Gilbert, a prominent architecht whos later commissions include the Minnesota State Capital, the US Supreme Court, and the Woolworth Building. I was asked to tackle the project, and I thought our special building deserved a special LFL. I drew inspiration from the entrance to the transept, and from the lych gate (pictured). The project was really more of a miniature carpentry project than a wood working project. I did two things that, I think, help bring the project together. I used a veining bit to create a bead board look on some exterior grade A-C plywood, and I used 3/16” aluminum for the rakeboard ‘ginger bread’ trim. I tried to do more intricate work to more closely mimic the tracery work on the transept entrance, but once I realized that it would take 100 scroll saw blades and all my patience, or an investment in having them plasma or laser cut, I switched to this pattern, which I think evokes the shapes in the chuch trim. The gothic arch details on the doors are also aluminum.

I am pleased with the result, and hope that lots of books pass through its doors :)

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#1 posted 10-02-2012 04:59 PM

Nice job, it all fits like a glove…....

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#2 posted 10-02-2012 08:53 PM

The little house is awesome and your cause is admirable. Bless your generous heart.

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#3 posted 10-03-2012 03:05 AM

Great, would like to make one of these some day

-- I have Carrie, food, shelter, and wood to turn. What else do I need?

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