Retro-fit Built-in book case

Project by hangdog posted 12-20-2009 07:43 AM 4776 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was a window before an addition was added on the other side of it a long, long time ago. We bought the house with an odd-looking vinyl replacement window in the original antique frame. I walled up the opposite side and built this shelf out of plain old box store birch plywood with poplar edging. I built the shelf square but it turns out the frame wasn’t so I fashioned some moldings on my router table to hide the slop. It turned out great and looks like it was built that way. Now my wife and I just need to settle our dispute on what color to paint the walls! Sorry that the pic is sideways. I can build a book shelf but I’ll be darned if I can turn a photo 90 degrees!

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posted 12-23-2009 01:00 AM

Great looking bookcase Hangdog. And perfect timing too. I was just thinking I needed to lay down… so I was able to see it perfectly.

Seriously, that looks like it was built with the house.

Thanks for sharing.


-- Why hire someone when you can do it yourself... oh, that's why.

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posted 12-23-2009 05:55 PM

I’m going to still yours here for my next window. I did something simliar but put doors on it. I like this one.

-- Janice

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posted 12-23-2009 06:09 PM

Sorry Janice but it’s copyrighted :) Seriously though I’m glad you like it. If I had the rest of the room finished I would take a picture of the whole thing and you could see that it really helps with the continuity of the room. I was thoroughly pleased with the outcome.

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posted 12-24-2009 09:33 PM

A creative solution and it looks great

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posted 12-28-2009 05:28 AM

Nice work!


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posted 03-03-2010 04:04 AM

Great work as usual! Yes this is a fantastic use of unused wall space, or unused window space in your home. This can be built between the wall joists if timber framed home. Of course when the house is brick, as I believe yours is, then the work is a lot messier and often requires a more thought. None the less we feel the challenge and planning is just as rewarding as the finished project. Alternatively when remodeling door entries the old space is great for double sided bookcases. Look forward to hearing of the color scheme without too much debate!

-- Paddy | http://www.eurocell.co.uk/

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posted 03-05-2010 02:07 PM

man looks great…..really like the look….well done. but how do you keep the book on the shelves at that angle :-)

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 05-05-2010 11:43 PM

this is a great idea for unused spaces,

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