Hi all, this is a documentation of my plans and realizations for a small (but tall) bookcase.
Horseshoe, this is the latest in my DIY furniture series - and please tell me what you think about it.
The challenge is to make good use of the available space:
the footprint is 40 x 50 cm (= 15.75x19.7in), and the height can be upto 225cm (=88.6in).
So, with 8 shelves a total of 50 x 8 = 400cm => 4 meters of shelf surface is available.
To the right of the bookcase there is a door to a bedroom, so the right side of the bookcase will be narrower to ease approach to the room, and the shelves will have a rouunded edge on the right.
Give or take a cm here and there, the footprint (=individual shelf) is pictured here
The one in the picture above is the bottom shelf, with a height of 33cm, suitable for folders and dossiers which seem to multiply very easily lately. They have a width of about 30cm and will fit well in the large (in terms of shelf depth) space of 40 cm.
The next shelf up will be for standard books, which have a depth of 22cm and will either go too deep into the shelf or, if edged at the front, will leave a lot of space at the back.
So, here I decided to move the back of these shelves forward and create a separate space behind it, and this space will be occupied by a wooden box - it is too narrow and too tall to make a drawer. This is feasible because the left-hand side of the bookase is exposed and accessible.
Hi Sugarweed, thank you for your comment. I enjoy working with awkward bits of wood and take advantage of their natural curves now and then .If you see some older threads in this forum, I managed to make a wall-mirror with coat hangers on it last year, and I enjoyed it very much then as well as now that it is in use.
As for the bookcase, I am afraid you will have to wait for quite a bit, because my work is far from carpentry and I can only work with wood during the weekends.
Howdy Good Friend!
My goodness, what a great idea!
Your workmanship and your ideas far exceed mine! I like it! Good thinking! And yes, the pine and the cypress sure do blend in well together.
Looks to me like you're having fun with this project. I can't wait to see the end result!
Will you stain it, or put a clear finish on it to show off the grain of the wood(s)? This is a nice piece of "work in progress"...glad you posted pics so we can all watch as it matures to it's final stage.
Thanks a gazillion for posting! I'll be watching this thread.
your comments always boost my will to finish the stuff !!! I can't thank you enough !!!
Well, judging from the varnishes I have seen here and in the UK, pine tends to pick some kind of dirt that sticks on the varnish if it is just transparent, so a stain goes as a rule - and as all my house is of pine / cypress stained with a light walnut shade, this will apply for the bookcase too!!! And here there will be some bark edges etc, but the old bandsaw and woodworm marks you remember are not available as that wood is used by now.
And do you want to see the bedside "table" I am finishing now ?? (I wonder what you call this small furniture next to your bed, for putting a light on it, the alarm clock, and pocket contents and spirins in the drawer and magazines that induce sleep underneath) answer me, and you will see it right now on a new thread.
I'm glad, Dimitri, you are enjoying the products of your handiwork. Nothing pleases us than using articles we have made ourselves, doesn't it? I can tell you from my own experience in making so many things myself. It is such a joy! Since I haven't a digicam I cannot share them here. I recently made a clutch lock for my front door in such a way that we can operate it from both sides, using a tennis racquet string. It is serving the purpose very well.
I only hope you can make out from this attempt of putting the idea on paper. Our main door is having a sturdy mesh. I have used this here as we often go out or come in. This is to avoid using the calling bell each time. It's an old door and has no such sophisticated lock. Coming from outside, all we have to do is pull the string - taken out and tied there to the mesh - a bit and push the door in. While opening from inside, we have to do the same method. The spring pulls the metal piece back into its horizontal position as there is a guide screw fixed in the appropriate place. There is one to stop its movement upwards. The angle of the metal piece moving is about 15 degrees. The hook should be able to slide it on the angle and put it down to lock it. I have tried my best to explain, Hope you understand what I have done. I have used all 'junk' materials, not fabricated for the purpose. The string visible outside should not be conspicuous. It's a secret and only those of you residing should know. However, you can have your own modifications.
tremendous progress !!! The first half is half done !
In case you thought I had given it up, here is the news:
I thought that 2.16 meters it would be a very heavy piece of furniture, so I decided to make it in two halves, one bottom and one top. So, I did the bottom half, but not yet the boxes that go at the back; so here it is, with some of the books, which needed desperately some storage space, as they were piling up on my floor.
I love those "rounded" shelves...looks great the way you put it together!
Love the "brace/side" on the right side...it looks as if it is a support and not a full side. (Hope I'm seeing that correctly.) Love the way it gives it an open-air look instead of a square blocky look.
And, of course you know...is this all made of cypress?
If you remember (or read the beginning of this thread) the technicality (and peculiarity) of this case is that it is too deep for books (40 cm, =15.7").
So I decided to bring the books forward, enforce the back of the book area to full thickness ( so there is enough support halfway to the back) and behind the book area create a space where wooden boxes will fit in, containing what should not be shown. I am building these boxes now.
The left side wall is 40cm, the right is 28cm (at the bottom shelf), so the shelves have a curve on the right hand side to avoid blocking the entrance to the room right next to the case.
This picture from the side gives you a better idea
MzMunchken, nice to hear from you, and thank you for the comments. It is quite some time since we chatted, and trying to remember a more easily pronouncable name for you, I went to your DG member page and found your link to your homepage, which leads to a VERY beautiful starting page, but the links do not work beyond the starting page - have a look and fix please? It is so beautiful, that I felt sorry I could not go around and have a look.
Dinu, thank you for the link. I had a quick look and promise to browse extensively. I must tell you, I read a lot of related books, and in the end I start from pencil and paper and do just what is in my brain - many times it proves very difficult, but it always comes out the way I want it exactly.
For the time, I am working on the boxes of the lower half of this bookcase.
Dimitri.. Trish or MzM will work fine... It has been a long time!
I tore down my website after my divorce and move last year, it was too painful for me to look at what I "had"... I am now working on redoing my website with pictures from my new home and garden so the website isn't quite ready yet. Thanks for the comments on the opening page.. I just made that couple days ago.
By telling 'boxes', you mean to use shutters to cover the books to prevent dust from entering? Do you want to use a sideways sliding shutters or the one that goes into the top by lifting/sliding? The second method seems more suitable as the entire face can be left open.
Well, you could call them drawers, but they are actually independent boxes, and for drawers they are too narrow and too deep. But still I think it is a good way of utilising the extra space at the back.
I was working on the third one today, and I hope to varnish and have them ready until Friday.
Well, the boxes need a handle (and I have not made up my mind on the style of it yet) and perhaps a smal brass rectangular frame that will allow a label - I can't find anything on Ebay. As for the handle, I wonder between (a) a 16mm diameter hole, (b) a brass antique drawer handle and (c) a DIY handle made of hardwood like the one I used in
I am not in a hurry to decide - the main problem is that these boxes. loaded with paper, will be quite heavy and will need to be held by the handle with one hand - so it had better be sturdy.
Any suggestions welcome.
Thank you, Trish! Very sturdy, practical, and quite a classic design - if I don't come up with anything better, would it be possible that you buy some for me, send them over and I send you the money or something that you would like from Crete ???
I had quite a look, this is a very extensive variety of designs - many thanks, Trish, I am sure I will find here whatever I want and order it strqaight from them so I don't have to bother you.
The boxes are in place, and now the project is half done - the top half is on the bench now.
MzMunch, the wife suggested plain wood knobw, which I found and varnished together with the boxes - I think she was right and they look really nice to me - and I don't know what to stuff in first - there is an awful lot and never enough space.
Shoe, Dinu, Darius, go on and flatter me a bit, it is very bad to taste dust from the sand paper in August while others go to the sea side and lie down for hours...
Love to all
PS I did not get lazy and finished it too late... I was very busy at work, and with some minor other carpentry bits I had to do in parallel, the project took more time than intended...
Ha!! I forgot to upload the pics... so, a new reply will have them !!!
Oh my how cool! A functional bookcase! I am for anything that has storage units in it. I love your Night stands too Dimitri, they are spacious and you can move them around to clean. How cool! I wish i could make them.
This came out very professional looking.
I lke the boxes plain too Dimitri, especially for things you want to conceal.
You are a very accomplished cabinet maker and it shows in your meticulas work.
Thank you Dimitri...but my tools consist of a Ryobi drill which still intimidates me. I wish I could take a woodworking class for girls. There are so many things I would tackle ... if only using MDF board.
Thank you, sugarweed, you are very kind. I am not a cabinet maker- I can't even make nad fit a proper cabinet door - but if I have time, I spend a lot of it thinking how to tackle best every problem - it is a great advantage that only amateurs have, while professionals need to produce results quickly in order to make money.
Sylvia, don't try to find woodworking class for girls - go to the boys' class or even better, try what I did in my youth: find a retired pro, work with him and pay him to show you the basics, ask him for the keys to his workshop, and for some guidance now and then - and prepare yourself to go to bed often exhausted, with sawdust sticking on you and no courage to take a shower, just lie down and sleep like a log - you will see the results pretty soon.
You can find some time for this and some time for that - this is what a hobby is all about. You don't need to achieve anything - you can find a wekend to make a simple book shelf and work in your garden the rest of the time. Or wait for some other period in your life with better circumstances. For this particular concept I find the principle of reincarnation very convenient - I have already loaded several things on the schedule for next life, as the present one is not enough for my enless interests and pastimes !!!
I said that because, especially for woodworking, an extraordinary turn of fate brought me where I am:
As a youngster, I enjoyed watching carpenters and shoemakers and blacksmiths work; as a student I had neither money nor space; as a young trainee doctor I had a small workshop and managed to make some basic furniture; then for 5 years in England I had neither time nor space nor energy - I worked very hard; I came back in 1989, with dreams to establish a workshop - now there was some money. I lived in flats and worked even harder until 1999, when I had an extensive heart attack; I even gave away my tools to friends being sure that I had to abandon my dreams; Yet, that year we bought a big plot of land, in 2 years we built a house and in the basement I now have a fully developed workshop that keeps me happy. That is the reason behind the sentence I wrote for you yesterday - when you think that you are on a dead end, just then the horizon broadens.
you need the deepest darkness on midnight to weave the rosy colours of dawn
MzM, it was quite a surprise for me; I found these plain round birch knobs at the hardware store in a village, and bought them for another thing I have in mind; I still wanted the brass utilitarian handles for the boxes. My wife suggested I put plain knobs, I did it because there was nothing needed to buy and I knew she would not object as she suggested them. They came out surprisingly nice. Thank you for spending your time with my carpentry problems.
Thank you, Judy, it is already an "old" piece of furniture now. I have already completed a cupboard made to hide some electricity boards in the livingroom and now I am about to finish this one: http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/691714/
Silvia, what happened with the woodworking class? Have you managed something?