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comments (6) September 11th, 2010 in Reader's Gallery

HenryDara HenryDara, member
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Curved Bookwall showing laminated moldings
Interior Room bookcases
Overhead bookcases above window
Main library room viewed from dining area.
Swinging hidden door bookcase as entry into interior room.
Curved Bookwall showing laminated moldings - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Curved Bookwall showing laminated moldings

I was asked to come up with a home library capable of holding upwards of 3500 books of varying sizes. The challange was to design the bookcases to fit into a room only 12' x 15', while leaving some room for a reading area. Out of 15 layouts the owners decided on this one which included many firsts for me, like a curved bookwall, interior room, swinging hidden door bookcase, all using sliding dovetail construction. As a luthier, I presented design elements typical to guitar detail, including laminated moldings which used 3 woods (cocobolo, walnut, & basswood) laminated together to give an effect similar to the backstripe found in guitars. The project took about 6 months to complete, with over 1500 hours invested.

Design or Plan used: My own design - Henry Dara

posted in: Reader's Gallery, modern, walnut, inlay, built-in

Comments (6)

HenryDara HenryDara writes: Hey Danny, funny seeing you here. Your right, the head was the biggest obstacle. Fortunately, I knew a witch doctor who was able to shrink it enough to fit into the hidden room.

Posted: 8:25 pm on October 17th

byrd1 byrd1 writes: Nice work Henry! ;) Just one question. How did that big head of yours fit in the same room with all those books? Good job buddy...
Posted: 10:24 pm on October 14th

Briten821 Briten821 writes: STUNNING! I built a library in my own home and this one makes me want to tear mine out and start over!
Posted: 9:09 am on October 14th

HenryDara HenryDara writes: Here is a link to my facebook album. There are several pics related to the swinging door frame, with closeups of the upper and lower bearings. Unfortunately the pics arent together, so you will have to look around to find them, but not too hard anyhow. Thanks for the compliments.
Posted: 6:42 am on September 12th

Horselord Horselord writes: Great work!
Posted: 9:41 pm on September 11th

dennhy dennhy writes: This is very cool. Can you share more on how you did the swinging door?
Posted: 9:04 pm on September 11th

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