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Bookshelf Idea
show user profile  jareu
Just something I thought would be cool to make in real life. Threw together a render to illustrate my Idea:

I have need for another shelf on my bookcase, which sits on my desk along side my workbench. Often I find I don't have enough light particularly on my workspace, where I do all my electronics.
I'd like to go a bit steampunk in my development of the furniture in my office/lab so I've decided to go out and buy some antique leather books, boring ones, soak just the pages in a water-PVA glue mixture, and then using a fine bladed hobby hacksaw cut the middle sections of the books out and fix them together.

this would create a realistic looking enclosure which can house a drawer like construction which will automatically slide out on command, and with two bright white lights underneath, help illuminate my workspace.

in short, it will look like old books when off, when on, they will slide out and light up my desk :)

Does anyone have any experience with staining wood? I want to buy some untreated Pine and stain it in a way that makes it look old, dirty and antique

He who says it cannot be done is interrupting the man doing it.

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1/4/2012 2:05:18 PM (last edit: 1/4/2012 2:18:03 PM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
Might suggest a harder wood than pine. Oak perhaps.
Prior to contrustion, after cutting boards.......draw over gravel, hit with chains,....imprint nails as well. All known 'distressing' techniques.

I might also suggest waxing instead of staining. wax, then with some sandpaper file some of the edges a bit,....then wax again.

Do some googling. Going for the 'look' you are after, there are alot of techniques....and some very good ways to fuck it up and make it look l;ike shit too.

good luck,

(final note: for the love of god do not use any metal nails, screws or brackets in the build. ONLY joinery and glue......simple biscuits would work for this...or dowels...that would be good too.
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1/4/2012 2:11:04 PM (last edit: 1/4/2012 2:11:28 PM)
show user profile  LionDebt
Cool idea.

I don't like the way the books completely 'pull out' to give light. Maybe if they came out a bit and rotated upwards? I get the illusion of it being a normal bookcase when off, but when it is 'on' you want practicality more than anything right?

As for staining wood, not a clue. Teabags? :D
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1/4/2012 2:11:30 PM (last edit: 1/4/2012 2:11:30 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
that looks about a teak or walnut.

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1/4/2012 2:20:44 PM (last edit: 1/4/2012 2:23:47 PM)
show user profile  jareu
Yeah, I checked out the price of pine and went for it because it was cheap and easy to work with. I think I will look around at other woods thought as I'm always up for a challenge and don't mind spending a few extra bucks :)

Thanks for the weathering tips, I never though of that. I might even try baking in some dirt somehow, but I'll definitely Google some techniques.

As for practicality, rotation is a great idea, but these are going to go pretty high up on the bookshelf and the light will go directly where it's needed. I might even build in some wooden lattice structure, which can hinge open from the top, and put in some glowing glass green things to make it look streampunk and eerie.

oooh, I'm gettin excited now, I wants a whole steampunk lab :D

AS: that looks good, I might even go a bit Walnut and weather the shit out of it

He who says it cannot be done is interrupting the man doing it.

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1/4/2012 2:23:39 PM (last edit: 1/4/2012 2:25:05 PM)
show user profile  Garp
Cool idea :)
I hope you'll start a wip.
And make a video of the thing in action when it's done.

Careful with woods like teak, they don't absorb liquids much, so they're harder to stain.

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1/4/2012 2:32:30 PM (last edit: 1/4/2012 2:32:30 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
those stains turn out that colour when applied to softwood so pine would be ok, just not as hard wearing as the real thing.

if you use the actual wood it won't need staining, just varnishing.

can obviously try a sample of the stain/varnish on the wood you're using to test it first.

could sandblast the wood to really bring the grain out. not sure if that's the look you're going for.

I'd just sand, stain & varnish, but I'm boring like that.
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1/4/2012 2:34:03 PM (last edit: 1/4/2012 2:42:46 PM)
show user profile  jareu
if I could get something similar to the top part of this:

should look pretty sweet. anyways, now I've just gotta wait for the next paycheque to roll in and then I'm off to an antique place for old books :D

Edit: for all you tech nuts, I found a really sweet website which has information about a huge range of vintage technology. I found this particular page really interesting:

I might try to get my hands on that and make up some steampunk brass switches and displays to go with ;)

He who says it cannot be done is interrupting the man doing it.

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1/4/2012 2:52:54 PM (last edit: 1/4/2012 2:57:31 PM)
show user profile  npcph
what ever kind of wood you decide to use, look into getting pocket hole jig. makes really nice and easy to screw together. only about $20 and well worth the price. makes putting the boards together very easy. I have made a lot of wood projects and can not believe i did so many without one of these.

this is the pocket hole jig

EDIT: not sure what wood cost are where you live, but in the US oak is about 2 to 3 times the cost. the thing about doing oak though, it is more resistant to warping, dinging, scratching and marks. Also, look into using and oak plywood. A 4x8 foot sheet of it is about $50 and would be plenty to do this shelf. You can find several different types of wood such as oak and birch. and for the ends, you buy a role of laminate end and it just irons on with a clothing iron. I built an entire desk this way and it has held up perfect for 6 years now. I'll post a pic in a little while.

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1/4/2012 3:56:45 PM (last edit: 1/4/2012 4:12:22 PM)
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