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    Wrap-around book display shelves in our office

    (part 1 of 3)

    A couple of weeks ago, I decided to do something about the cluttered and inefficient office that Margaret and I share. I was too embarrassed to take 'before' pictures but believe me that it was bad.

    Our office occupies what was originally the living room in our house. About 2 years ago I moved the wall between the living room and the family room making what had been the living room into an office and making the family room into an office. I lined the walls of the office with recycled rough sawn walnut boards and, for a while, the place looked good. But over time, it got messier and messier.

    The worst thing in the office was a 2 foot by 4 foot floor to ceiling alcove that I built into the wall. I filled it with 6 cheap pine panels of the type that one can purchase in cello-wrap at the big box lumber stores. Believe me, six shelves each 2' by 4' can hold (and hide) a lot of stuff. Among the items that were hidden were many large format books and brochures of the type one likes to browse through from time to time. We probably own about 200 of these. I decided that I would like to have a place to display some of our collection.

    Following are some notes about the project that I extracted from my weekly journal:

    2010, Feb 28:

    I started a revamp of the office. Here Margaret’s IKEA desk is having a part removed:

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    It used to quite dominate the room. My hope is that with the pie shaped portion of the table removed, the structure will be less unwieldy. Here is my first attempt at a new position for the desk:

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    I moved the two library file cabinets out from the alcove and am experimenting with some very shallow shelves in the alcove to be used to display the front covers of some of our many many displayable books:

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    I’m still working out the details.
    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 03-09-2010 at 10:13 PM.
    Cheers, Frank

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    (part 2 of 3)

    2010, Mar 7:

    I completed the reorganization of the office that was started last week. The main task was to build the display shelves, one of which I experimented with last week. I had thought about building “regular shelves down both sides of the alcove with display shelves at the back but, in the end, I built U shaped display shelves for display on all 3 closed sides of the alcove. The wood used for the shelves was ripped from the old 4 ‘ by 2’ by 3/4” pine shelves that I put into the alcove when I built the wall about twenty years ago.

    For each of the five shelves, I first built a base of 9cm wide wood using dowels and glue to make a U:
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    (aside: the Dowelmax is a real joy to use)

    Next I ripped 1cm by 5cm pieces front the old pine shelves. These were applied vertical to the front edge of the shelves forming a lip. I used glue and walnut Miller dowels to attach the lips.
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    There was no ledge for the bottom shelf to fit onto, so I had to attach some feet. I used Miller dowels again –this time larger birch ones:
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    Before finishing and staining the shelves, I tried them out:
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    By the way, they are not attached to the wall they just sit on the ledges and with a fairly tight fit they are not going to wiggle out of position.

    I was happy, Margaret was happy, and the three other people that I showed them too liked the shelves. So, now to finish them …

    I sanded portions of the shelves using my Festool Deltex and Linear sanders:
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    then applied two coats of Old Masters Special Walnut gel stain.
    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 03-09-2010 at 09:42 PM.
    Cheers, Frank

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    (part 3 of 3)

    Here are the shelves in place in our newly organized office:

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    Notice the cork board on the wall to the right. I also made and installed afew cork boards as part of the re-org.

    Now I need to think about building something to replace the IKEA desk , a portion of which is shown to the left in the last picture. But that won’t happen for at least two years.
    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 03-09-2010 at 09:50 PM.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Well Frank, I take your word for how it was "before", the "after" looks really impressive and a good improvement. Up to your standards as usual.
    It is always a privilege to look at your projects

    Thanks for posting it.
    Best regards,
    Toni

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    That worked out nicely, Frank. Well done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    Well Frank, I take your word for how it was "before", the "after" looks really impressive and a good improvement. Up to your standards as usual.
    It is always a privilege to look at your projects

    Thanks for posting it.
    Believe me, it was very messy before. Now that the room is neat and well organized, I hope that Frank keeps it that way. I observe that he has now done so for a week -that's encouraging.

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    messy office, small office?

    it came out great, love the wood on the walls also, nice size home office

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