Book bench



Inspiration

This small shelf, with it's shape evoking a bench hence it's name, Book bench, lets small books vertically sit on it. Thanks to the reclined position, the books are stable and the need for bookends is done away with, saving up space. Also, the small elevation of the shelf makes possible the placement of documents, books or other thin objects below the books, saving space on the suface underneath.

I admit this is not my idea. One day I saw my brother using a similar wood construction for holding his books and knew right away I needed the equivalent. What he was using came from our grandmother's house and did not appear to have been bought. I was probably handmade and unique.

Why not build one myself? I thought. And then of course, I did.

This page, created in 2013, comes a little late for a project completed in 2008, but I thought that sharing this project that has been useful to me for the last 5 year would be worth.


Here are pictures of the original used by my brother. Notice that the inclination is greater at approximately 45° vs. only 25° in my version.
The original

The original

The original

The original

The original

The original


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CAD

Here are a few renders based on the 3D models I made before building this.

View 1

View 1

View 2

View 2

Front

Front

Side

Side

Top

Top



I also prepared new drawings for this publication since I did not like the originals. I think improved a bit since 2008.
Dessin d'assemblage

Dessin d'assemblage

Dimensions côté

Dimensions côté

Contour

Contour



The drawings are also available in PDF format. Perfect for printing the outline to scale and using it as a guide for cutting.
Assembly drawing
Drawing for the side piece (dimensions and outline)

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Construction

Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of the process, but if I recall correctly, it was as follows: The result, presented in the next section, is quite satisfactory. Improvements I would like to do in the next version are:

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Result

The only pictures took in 2008:
All new

All new

First  use

First use



New pictures taken in 2013:
View 1

View 1

View 2

View 2

View 3

View 3

View 4

View 4

Side

Side

Ornament detail

Ornament detail



It is shown that the bench accepts a great variety of books, including:
French books

French books

English books

English books

Japanese manga

Japanese manga



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