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UPDATE: Thanks to all who voted. Click here to see who won.
Vote now for the winner of the Creative Bookcases gallery challenge. Voting ends Mon., Aug. 3 at midnight EST. The winner will be announced Tues., Aug. 4. For more details on each piece, click on the links at the bottom of this post.
Congrats to the 15 finalists. Click on these links for more information on each piece:
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If building furniture was only about practicality, then book cases would only be made out of planks and cinderblocks, and we would sit on the floor or on logs instead of chairs. Creativity is what seperates the interesting from the boring. I think this photo challenge shows that there are many right answers to the question "what is a bookcase/shelf?" Also, I have to say that I think most are very practical and suit the purpose that they were made for. Not every bookcase is made for a school library.
Just got an email comment from a reader.
"All the bookcases show masterful work, they are different and show a great deal of thought however not anyone of them are of any practical value. They all are great conversation pieces but that's about all I can say for them."
I would agree with "TotalNovice" with an additional well done to all. I found it hard to decide from the list as all were creative and well executed. Several of them stood out from this list and from the others that didn't make the cut. Someday...
Each case should be appreciated and each craftsman has earned the respect due anyone who makes the final cut in a competition like this. I like them all. Personally, a balance between from and function should always be a prime consideration in any design. The artsy stuff may look good, but if it can't do the job . . . .
As long as you or your customer enjoys what you make .... have fun doing it!
as a intermeate woodworker, mostly of book shelves,end tables,and lots of other stuff!! i like this book shelf because it looks very simply design and the hanging part looks easy too. so i am very glad you posted this project
it looks like an adventure in woodworking. anyway i like it alot. iwant to make something simailar to it. will post mine when i am finished. thanks again cyruswilson
Nice workmanship all in all, however functionality is lost on much, send the art to the museum.
No quotation marks needed.
All the bookcases deserve praise. As a complete novice, I aspire to attain somewhere close to the level of all these folks some day.
Well done to you all.
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In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
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