Not Your Traditional Bookcase
By Andres from Argentina
Added on May 21, 2009
I’ve been following Marc’s video podcasts rather closely for quite some time. I’ve been carving wood for the last 6 years, but I don’t dare call myself a carver. I ventured into carpentry three years ago. Nowadays, my projects are a combination of both disciplines. Having learned AutoCAD (pre-Sketchup era) has had a profound impact in my projects.
I thought I’d give it a try and send you pictures of an old project of mine. It’s called “WM” and it’s a bookcase. I think what’s cool about this project is not the craftsmanship behind it (since it’s butt-joint plywood with a paint finish), but the design and the concept behind it. I am an avid reader and when I moved into my new house, I needed a cool-looking bookcase to house my books. I started looking around for inspiration when I realized that 99% of all bookcases IN THE WORLD hold their books in an upright position with horizontal shelves. So I set out to destroy the norm. After 4 or 5 different approaches, I came up with this design that resembles the letter “M” behind a letter “W”. To give it more of a perception of depth, I brought the “W” forward, offsetting it from the wall some 5 inches (I use the metric system). Thanks to working with CAD, assembling the cut list was only a matter of seconds after I finished drawing it. The task would have probably taken days with any old school method. The only tools involved were a circular saw and a cordless drill. Pretty effortless to be honest. The only other thing I really had to sleep on, was choosing the colors. The whole thing probably took me 3 full days.
Hope you find it inspiring. Keep up the good work, Marc and thanks for taking the time to input your craft into the cyberspace. Saludos desde Argentina