bookcases at 90%

The 12 foot wide by 8.5 foot inch high bookcase wall in our dining room is nearly complete.

Here is the first set of pictures, they started to install the Maple bookcases on Friday with the bottom units, then put in the tops yesterday, Saturday. The whole shebang would have been completed, but when the time came for the shelves to go in, they were all 1/4 inch too long. So it’s a partial for the installation, and they will be back tomorrow afternoon, after trimming all the shelves in the shop, to finish up.

Meanwhile, all the boxes of books are nearby and ready for us to begin sorting by genre, type, size, author and all that. We’ll put books some oversized art and nature books n the very bottom shelf today, the rest must wait.

More pictures with empty shelves in, then as the books begin to fill this huge space, to follow. The big question now is whether the contents of those boxes will fit. We’ll see.

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17 Responses to bookcases at 90%

  1. Charles Gramlich says:

    The sorting of the books is my favorite part. And watching those bookcases fill up!

  2. Todd Mason says:

    Enjoy filling them, indeed. Built-in cases always a pleasure once they’re in place!

  3. Richard says:

    We enjoy that part too, Charles, and yes Todd, it’s a pleasure to have them. By the way, the color is a perfect match to the existing woodwork in the adjacent kitchen and in the living room surrounding the fireplace.

  4. Bill Crider says:

    Looking great. I wish I had those shelves to fill!

  5. Richard says:

    Evan, you can expect The Call in a few days… so get your schedule ready. Thanks, Bill, you do have a goodly number of shelves there already, I believe.

  6. Drongo says:

    Rick, I hope we get to see a photo of those shelves when they’re full of books.

  7. Carl V. says:

    Those are looking great! Can’t wait to see them fulfilling their function.

  8. Cap'n Bob says:

    They’re almost too handsome to use.

    Jealous, jealous, jealous.

    Extremely and totally and completely jealous.

    Enjoy them a LOT, lol

  10. Fence says:

    They look wonderful. We just got shelves, free-standing, so nothing like your job, but it is still so satisfying to be able to shelve the books properly after our move.

  11. Richard says:

    Steve, say it like you mean it. I know you have a lot of stuff boxed and in closet shelves, so I’m sure you’d love the space. We are already pretty sure we’re going to have to ask them to make extra shelves (a big deal, as the material has to be bought, then cut, then sent to the stainer (it’s custom stain), but it gonna have to happen. I asked for more extras than they made, now it’s time to correct that.

    Drongo, Carl, Fence – you’ll see them full, pretty soon, I think.

    Bob – I agree, but they must be used, I have to get these books out of the boxes and out where I can get at them!

  12. Everybody has already said it. Jealous! I lack space and have a lot of the older stuff boxed in one room and would love shelves like that here. I probably could find enough room for everything though. A pretty problem to have.

  13. Richard says:

    Well Randy it’s turned out not to be so great. I’m writing a post right now on the problems, but in a nutshell it’s this: too little shelves, too many books. I got all of the hardback mystery fiction on the shelves, and that filled 3/4 of it. The general fiction, non-fiction, SF-F (the next largest group), and the rest may have to be re-boxed and put away until more shelves can be built, and I don’t even know where or when that will be… Double Drat!!!

  14. Carl V. says:

    That has to be frustrating! I’m so sorry to hear that.

  15. Richard says:

    Wait ’till tomorrow and you’ll get the whole story, with pictures. It’ll be up about 5:10 a.m. PST.

  16. Completely jealous! I’d kill for a bookshelf like that.

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