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GrumpySteen

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Icon 1 posted December 03, 2008 19:41      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
REK bookcase by Reinier de Jong

I can't find anything that would give an availability or a price, but I'm sure it would be ridiculously expensive anyway.

Time to brush up on my woodworking skills!

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Icon 1 posted December 03, 2008 20:14      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Cool.
Want one.

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Originally posted by GrumpySteen:
I'm sure it would be ridiculously expensive

Nah, they'll be in next years IKEA catalogue for $79.

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Icon 1 posted December 04, 2008 02:15      Profile for neotatsu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'd love to have one.. But, if I got one from Ikea I'd end up with a bunch of parts left over [ohwell]

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That is a really nice bookshelf, but all I have any more is computer books... That's not a bad thing, but with a shelf like that, would need more classic novels to round it out.
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I found my bookshelf beside a dumpster. Now that's cool! [Big Grin]

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Icon 1 posted December 07, 2008 15:34      Profile for quantumfluff     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
That would cost a fortune. Think of the volume of lumber in that. It's basically a solid block of wood 12"x24"x6' Very cool though.
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__________________ TheMoMan here. I was not worried about the price, as it could be all particle board and laminate. My concern is once it is put into a box who could carry that much wood 12 cubic feet at about 30/40 lbs/' Snaggy got any 16 dia. logs six feet long would you weigh one. That would put most mens gonads in their shoes.

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Icon 1 posted December 08, 2008 07:43      Profile for Doco   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The design is geeky cool - but I think the aesthetics are ugly. I'd rather see a whole pile of barrister bookcases, or better yet a set of built in floor to ceiling shelves (done in cherry or walnut preferably) complete with a rolling ladder.

Now - if you want to build one just like the picture - I'm going to guess by eyeball that the thickness of each part is about 2.5 inches. When pushed together there are 33 thicknesses so at 2.5" thick you end up with not quite 7' high. (6' 10.5") About 7' high is about right - maybe a bit tall.

MoMan is right - something like that made of solid MDF would be a heavy beast to move. Hmmm - 6'10.5" high by 12" deep by 20" wide => 19800 cu inches. MDF is 0.022 to 0.029 lbs / in^3 so it would weigh about 500 lbs.

Now if I were to build it - I would not use solid MDF. I would probably make it using a torsion box method. That is using thin - say 1/4" material as the top and bottom with a grid of pieces in between the top and bottom. Using solid wood or plywood would also help a lot with the weight. Plywood for the grid is probably best because it won't expand/contract as much with humidity changes.

Uggh - I love to play with ideas of how to build something - but I just can't go any further for this ugly thing.

For a real set of library shelves - see the pictures of Jay Walker's library.

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Perhaps there's a way to separate the parts to make it easier to move.
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Did you see this Infinity bookshelf?

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Icon 1 posted December 08, 2008 09:52      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
So do you have to crawl over the top to get the books on the inside or is there a passage I'm not seeing?

I wonder if you could do a Mobius strip bookcase?

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____________________ Xanthine __ and have it retrive the books ala Dry Cleaners rack.

At the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago the used to have a slot car on a mobius, not sure how they made it stay on.

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Icon 14 posted December 08, 2008 12:41      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Doco:
The design is geeky cool - but I think the aesthetics are ugly. I'd rather see a whole pile of barrister bookcases, or better yet a set of built in floor to ceiling shelves (done in cherry or walnut preferably) complete with a rolling ladder.

It seems we have similar tastes when it comes to bookcases. If I ever get my house built, I'll have a library, with a wall-shelvings all around, except for the windows. Then again, maybe some shelves under the windows, with cusions so they can be used as seats. Can you imagine? A snow storm at night, the wind roaring outside, and being inside, reading a good book with a soft light and a warm throw? Paradise!

(And then, there would be a music room at the lower floor, and a spiral staircase between the two... or not. Music is a great addition to a good book, but scales can be annoying.)

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It is cool. Must admit I have always wanted a rolling library ladder.
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___________________ Xanthine __ TheMoMan here __ I see from the drawing that I could send the grand son under the crossover to the inside. However in a few years even he would not fit, I guess it is more for show than use.

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