I need to organize my paperback collection. This will promote marital bliss and help with my shop organization, as I will be able to repurpose a steel rail shelf system for the shop.
My plan is to build a big box out of plywood and have 3 pull-out bookcases in them. Each bookcase will be wide enough to hold two paperbacks.
I may do assembly / finishing in the basement where the bookcases will be located, but I am planning around the basement doorway for evntual moving purposes. The basement doorway is 31.5" by 74.5". The width between the railing and the opposite wall going up the basement steps is 32".
A paperback is 4.25" wide, and either 6.75 or 7.5" tall. So two paperbacks gives 8.5". I'd like to have 1/4" plywood down the middle of the shelves to separate the books, and at least 1/4" clearance to the outside of the shelves, so I'll make the shelves 9.5" wide. Each shelf should be about 1/4" apart from each other (and the carcass), so three shelves gives a width of 9.5 x 3 + 1/4 x 4 = 29.5". If I use 3/4" plywood for the carcass I'm up to 31.0", I have 1/2" to spare with this. OK, we are theoretically possible.
More thoughts to come later.