Greene and Greene Book Case/Computer Cabinet.

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Blog entry by remdam posted 04-21-2008 08:18 AM 6325 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been planing on making a book case for a spare room in my house for awhile now. This contest was great in getting me to focus and finally finish the design.

If you’re familiar with the Greene brothers and the Gamble house, you’ll see a lot of the design for this book case comes from the smaller of the two living room book cases.
It’s a good size to fit into a guest bedroom. Besides holding books, I also want the piece to hide a small server computer, DSL router, ethernet switch and external hard drive in the bottom. To help hide the computer gear, I merged a design element from another Greene and Greene piece; the lower drawer section from the book case in the Blacker House.

Using a CAD program really helps out with this type of project. Greene and Greene pieces are filled with small details. It’s nice to use CAD to create several versions. By doing this it is easy to compare different ideas to see how scale, proportions and the Greene details merge with the demands of the joinery used to construct the piece.

Below you’ll see a couple of renderings of my final design. The first shows the entire piece and gives a good feel for the overall scale and proportions of the book case. The second is a close up of the right hand corner of the drawer platform. It shows the details of the bridle joint used for the frame and panel top, the placement of the ebony plugs, and the cloud lift detail in the upper rail in the drawer enclosure side.

Book Case Full View

Book Case Corner Detail

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#1 posted 04-21-2008 12:36 PM

This is a very nice design.

Good luck in the contest.

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

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#2 posted 04-22-2008 05:22 PM

Very nice, Good Luck!

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

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#3 posted 04-22-2008 10:41 PM

Everything looks spot on for the G&G style. Nice job. Can’t wait to see the execution in lumber.


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#4 posted 04-28-2008 06:55 PM

If you’re planning on having a computer in there, you want to make sure that you’ve got sufficient airflow that you don’t overheat the computer.

I bet if you put in 2 vents, one of which lines up with the exhaust on the PC, you could keep it nice and cool in there.

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#5 posted 04-28-2008 11:45 PM

A nice interpretation. What materials do you plan to use?
It’s easy to fall under the spell of Greene and Greene, isn’t it?

-- Rick, Menlo Park, CA

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#6 posted 04-29-2008 02:26 AM

Jon3, The drawers are going to be more like trays then drawers with the computer bits being mounted on them. The back of the drawer space will be open. If need be I’ll mount a fan to help move air around.

Rick, I was going to make it out of Mahogany but had trouble finding boards wide enough for the sides without doing a glue up. I did find some 8/4 Cherry that was over 12” that I’ll be able to resaw 1/8” veneers to glue to a substrate for the sides. Funny times when you can find Cherry wider than Mahogany.

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#7 posted 08-26-2011 03:17 AM

I need a cabinet to keep a PC safe in a school gym/hall. This isn’t quite what i need but it has certainly got me thinking….

so detailed information on computer cabinets, thanks for sharing with us and keep posting similar in future, I have book marked your url.

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#8 posted 10-18-2011 08:50 AM

wow its really amazing. I like your blog. thanks

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