a peculiar bookcase (Horseshoe, have a look!!)

Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

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

Dimitri

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Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

The wood I chose to work with is 2cm thick pine in various widths and lengths - plus a surplus of cypress that has been hanging around for 3 years (since we built the house).

As you look at it, the left-hand side is going to be a massive 2 x 40 x 225 cm board, with all the strength I can give it.

Pine and cypress blend well, and the joining of various pieces together is done with 8mm dowels and glue. Here I use a small piece to let you see what every shelf will look like.

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Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

for the left-hand side, which will be more eye-catching as it is narrower and it lies right next to the bedroom door, I chose cypress pieces from next to the bark, with an irregular edge.

What do you think ???

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Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

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.

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Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Dimitri, what a task. You certainly do some nice clean curves. can't wait to see finished pictures.

Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

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.

Till then, back to work now !!!

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Efland, NC(Zone 7a)

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.

Shoe.

Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

Hi, Shoe !!!

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.

Dimitri

Efland, NC(Zone 7a)

hah! We also call those "bedside tables"!

I remember the stains you applied to your other projects...that will certainly work on this one, too!

Keep up the good work! Will be looking for your thread on the bedside table!

Crossville, TN

I just looked at his Night Stand...very nice....I would like one the same size!! Jo

Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

thank you, roadrunner, I can give the dimensions if you want - just let me know

Dimitri

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

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.

Dinu

Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

Hi, old boy, haven't heard from you for a very very long time
How's life in India ???

By the way, I just about started putting together this bookcase - I got distracted and started doing other things for 2 months and now I really need it bad - I 'll take picture tomorrow and post it.

How did you construct the clutch lock ? perhaps a drawing you could scan ?

Dimitri

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Oh yes, I'm trying to make a drawing. Off to the 'drawing board'!

Dinu

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

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.

Dinu

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Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

Nice, very nice !!!

I am now in England and cannot do much from here. but I will scan a page from a little book of carpentry gadgets where they show an obvious and a secret mechanism to open a door latch.

Till then, my thanks for your drawing - it helps me to understand how other people solve problems similar to the ones I face.

Dimitri

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

That's so releiving! To know that you could make out something from my drawing. You are in Old Blighty now?!
Oh yes, please do scan that page for me and that may be another new idea for me to learn.

Dinu

Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

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.

Commments, anyone ??

Dimitri

Efland, NC(Zone 7a)

Good idea to make it in two halves. Can't wait to see it.

(Gonna post a pic?)

Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

Hi, Shoe, thanks a million for your response.

Sorry, I had the pic uploaded but it disappeared somehow - I am at work now, I will post it tonight when I get back -

D

Efland, NC(Zone 7a)

Okay. Thanks! (Sometimes when I post a pic I have to remember to click the Preview button. If I just click Send it doesn't always take.)

Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

after all, here it is:

I am very happy - it looks just like I wanted it to look - it doesn't always happen this way for thew things I make - I usually make them too big.

D

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Efland, NC(Zone 7a)

Wow! Looks great!

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?

Looks great! That will last many lifetimes!

Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

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

D

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Efland, NC(Zone 7a)

OH yeh! Got it!

Great idea! Looks good to me! Lots of storage space in a small area, eh?

I'd say ya done good, Dimitri! Conrats!

Crestview, FL(Zone 7b)

beautiful piece you made Dimitri

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Dmitri,
Sure you have come across this site - has some wonderful projects on 'home improvement'.
http://www.bhg.com/bhg/category.jhtml?categoryid=/templatedata/bhg/category/data/home_solutions.xml&esrc=nwhi04&email=dinakar58@yahoo.com I found that quite useful and interesting. Some of the ideas there are very good.

Dinu

Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

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.

Best regards

D.

Crestview, FL(Zone 7b)

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.

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Dmitri,
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.

Dinu

Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

Trish, I sent you an email.

Dinu, I will take a photo tomorrow and send it over to you - they are actually drawers, but too narrow and deep, so they function as boxes which slip in and out.

Please wait for the photo

D

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Okay, D.
:D

Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

At long last, here is the promised picture.

Sorry for the delay, I was very busy at work.

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.

Dimitri

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Crestview, FL(Zone 7b)

oh.. they look like bins... very neat idea!

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

It's fine for storage utility. May be a framed picture to the box can add some beauty to it? Or, make a clamp to hold one book as a 'display' - it will act as a cover to the draw.

Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

thank you all for your kind comments.

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

http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/491312/

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.

D

Crestview, FL(Zone 7b)

to combine functionality and practicality *I* would use something like this and it also gives an area to place a label for the contents http://www.vandykes.com/product/02216873/

Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

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.

Dimitri

This message was edited Aug 11, 2005 12:23 AM

Crestview, FL(Zone 7b)

your welcome Dimitri.. glad I could help.. If you don't, I'll be happy to help however on this end.

Rethymno, Crete, Greece(Zone 10b)

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 !!!

Dimitri

This message was edited Aug 24, 2005 11:18 PM

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