Scott bookcase, SketchUp
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Scott bookcase: The proposed design

My second commission: a seven foot tall bookcase.

My second commission: a seven foot tall bookcase.

Right now I am sitting at a computer in our guest bedroom. This is the computer to which I downloaded Google SketchUp. The funny thing is there are now various sticks of molding in this room. A visitor to our home might wonder, “What in the world is all this molding doing in here?” The simple answer is I had to draw these molding profiles in SketchUp for my next project which I call the Scott bookcase. The images you see here are clickable for a larger view.

I had originally proposed a design in which the upper case was roughly the same width as the lower case. I felt the design looked awkward, so I narrowed the top and like it much better. I beefed up the base moldings a bit and will likely raise the height of the upper cabinet waist molding. This bookcase will be painted, so construction will be pretty simple – birch plywood for the case, MDF here and there, poplar trim for the face frames and pine moldings.

In this close-up, note the built-up moldings which add shadow lines to the project.

In this close-up, note the built-up moldings which add shadow lines to the project.

Stock crown molding wraps the top of the bookcase.

Stock crown molding wraps the top of the bookcase.

Two rows of base molding are more interesting than one.

Two rows of base molding are more interesting than one.

With some luck, I will actually start construction this weekend. As with my other projects, I plan a full photo history of making the bookcase.

Now, about my progress with SketchUp: I am becoming more comfortable with this program. There is still a ton to learn about it, but with some help from Dave Richards and Tim Killen who write Fine Woodworking’s blog on SketchUp called “Design. Click. Build.” as well as some simple Google searches on, for instance, “how do I move an object on the green axis in SkecthUp“, along with my new book, SketchUp for Dummies”, I have a good, basic working knowledge of this program. But a big thank you to Dave and Tim – I am sure there are a lot more questions coming their way.

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During the week, I sell carpet and rugs for The Dixie Group. Weekends, you'll find me in my basement workshop making furniture.

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