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06-07-2016 08:04 PM

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Hi all. It’s been a very long time for me since I’ve posted on LJ. I do have a question about built-ins. I’ve built a few in the past but I’m mainly a furniture maker. Someone has asked me to build bookcases along a blank 12 foot wall with 8 foot ceilings. Simple enough. However the left corner of the wall is actually sloped from left to right so there is no 90 degree corner. The right side has a 90 degree corner though. It’s a basic set up except for that left wall.

I was wondering if anyone could suggest some design ideas to either incorporate that sloping wall or eliminate it altogether but still continue to use the entire 12 foot wall. My first thought was to actually build both corners (left and right) following the same slope in order to make the entire unit cohesive. But I’m not sure if that’s achievable.
I think the shelves would have to be more shallow at the corners because the sloping wall actually cuts off the depth.

Any thoughts or ideas would be so welcomed.


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#1 posted 06-07-2016 09:53 PM

Make it shorter than the space you have available, and trim the front flush with walls once installed!

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#2 posted 06-07-2016 10:04 PM

What kid of radius are we talking here? I would start with a cardboard template fit to the slope so you have something to work from.

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#3 posted 06-07-2016 10:08 PM

As usual Bondo has a good idea.

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#4 posted 06-07-2016 10:34 PM

Fred, how about defining what your definition of “slope” is. You indicate 12 wide x 8” high wall with no problem. Then you mention a slope on the left corner, sloping from left to right. Are you talking about a corner out of square or are you talking about a ceiling that is not level? You also mention losing shelf depth because of a sloping wall. I’m having a real hard time comprehending what you are describing. To me, a slope is not level….. Jerry (in a state of confusion)

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#5 posted 06-08-2016 12:10 PM

Hi yes. The left corner is not a corner at all. There’s a sloping effect from one wall to the other (which would normally form a right angle).

My instinct was to use a cardboard template as Bondo has suggested. I guess I would build out the center portions and use the template to fit in the two sloping sides.

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