Maple built in bookcase.

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Project by Don Tikander posted 04-02-2013 03:25 PM 1473 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this built in bookcase for my daughter’s house. She said she likes it, but was wondering if the bottom scallop could be removed and a straight piece put on instead. She is worried that “dust bunnies” will be a problem. She may be right, but the thing is glued, screwed, and tattoed so that is not an option now. I think I will tell her that they invented something called a vacumn cleaner for this problem. If she doesn’t like that, then I will tell her that she can teach her two daughters how to use one. LOL

-- Wood glue residue doesn't take a stain well.

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#1 posted 04-02-2013 04:45 PM

Nice job.

To seal out the “dust rabbits” try adding a straight piece to the back side of the scalloped base and paint it black or a contrasting color so it makes the design stand out but seals the opening.

I’ve never tried this, just a thought!!

-- Bob in Washington State

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#2 posted 04-02-2013 07:10 PM

A great looking bookcase. I love the thick shelves. They give it a substantial and fine quality custom look.

I have some sympathy for your daughters concern Don. Small things including balls, toys, spiders, and of course dust bunnies always find their way into openings like that. To vacuum it, you have to get down on your knees to shove the tube in there. The only way to solve the problem is to block the opening. I would think a black fabric like the kind used on speaker covers would look more a dark space than a painted board would. Or maybe a board covered with it. Woven materials diffuse the light very nicely. I’m pretty sure after all the work you did on this bookcase, you would like to just be finished with it. I also have sympathy for that view. Maybe your daughter could do the job with a thin board, fabric and some carpet tape.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 04-02-2013 08:04 PM

If you have that many books to read who would have time to look for dust bunnies???

And remember, outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. And inside of a dog it’s too dark to read anyway!

PS. Love the scallops…my tries always come out looking more…..squid like.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#4 posted 04-05-2013 02:54 PM

Great looking and sturdy bookcase! Like the thick shelving and the scallops. Great work on it.

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#5 posted 04-05-2013 10:13 PM

Looking good

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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