Watson Mill - circle library, part 5

by brae  

Continuing work on the circle library.  Since the plywood wall would stain different from the basswood and veneer, I needed to cover it.  That's why I wasn't especially careful in marking it up during the rest of the construction.  To make custom templates, I taped drawing paper between the shelves.

During my class with Bill Studebaker, I learned to work on the longest portions first, because you can always cut shorter sections from those long pieces if you mess them up.  Yep, it took me five times to get that long bottom liner right, so I cut the smaller shelf liners from those incorrect pieces.  Less waste.  :]  I cut the liners from 1/32" thick basswood.  This thickness of wood barely reduces the shelf depth, and I did take that into consideration when I cut the horizontal boards.

The curved edges sit under the circle, so the joins are not visible when the circle is in place.   I cut two curved shapes for behind the shelves of the circle.  The curves didn't need to be precise, so I cut them with an X-Acto by hand.

I cut Darice mirror sheet for the center section.  I will have to line the back of the mirror to bring it up to the matching 1/32" thickness.  I'll use layers of paper when I get to that part.  For now, I've left the protective film on it.

The original has what appears to be a light in the center, but I am skipping that part, too.


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I will cut the vertical support under the circle after assembly just in case things shift in the process.  I'll also decide whether to add the long curved trim after assembly.  In the meantime, I plan to stain and finish these pieces separately in case of disaster.  :]  I can always recut, remake, redo, etc.  But, it would be a right proper pain to tear out once installed.  Besides, I have window/door/floor holes to cut and walls to prime.  Best to install the library later after the mess.

I also have books to make behind the scenes.  If I display full shelves of books with only spines facing the room, I would need roughly 30 inches worth of books.  I have two inches worth of books currently made and a whole bunch in progress.  There are a number of covers I like, so I will make a handful of book display stands so some covers face outward.  I also would like to add some bookends and perhaps some knickknacks.  This decreases the number of books needed, so I'll finish what I have in progress and see if I need more.  I have plenty of covers cut and insert strips ready.  :]

8 comments

Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]

It is already gorgeous!

I love the original, and how the shelves are crammed with books, but I also like the idea of bookends and knickknacks and collectibles, and such. Gustav strikes me as a very discerning collector of oddities and antiques!

On the long curved trim, could it be thinner than the circles? It seems to be that it would almost have to be, or that it could look a bit crowded (so to speak–not sure I’m explaining it right)

05/25/17 @ 02:02
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

Oh it looks really good! Love how everything fits together, and you can tell it’ll all stain the same shade. Gorgeous! Can’t wait to see it with your little knick-knacks.

05/25/17 @ 07:59
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

I love it! That’s a lot of books, even with knickknacks. But I Iike the idea that Gustav will have more display space for his curiosities. :D

05/25/17 @ 08:14
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]

Hi Brae!
This library wall is totally Amazing! I Adore books in RL as well as in miniature so your library wall is a guaranteed hit with me already. :)
I wasn’t sure what you’re plans were for the center circle, but if it is mirror, have you consider a side view car bullseye mirror? I don’t know if it would be the right diameter for your existing opening, but if it is then it could save you time and be more consistent with your inspiration photo.

05/25/17 @ 09:56
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

It looks wonderful, although 30 inches of books sounds slightly daunting. Would those little books (red/blue/green/brown)
available in packages from Michaels speed things along? I sometimes re-cover them for same-size volumes in a set.

05/25/17 @ 12:35
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks so much!!! :>>

I’ll cut a paper mockup of the curved trim to try out. I like the look of a flat mirror as opposed to a convex mirror, and the Darice sheet is easily cut and replaced as needed. I did think about covering the little books from Michaels, but they are often cut poorly and don’t stand correctly. :no: It’s not that bad to make the books, just do a few each night and it gets done.

05/25/17 @ 12:44
Comment from: Mad for Mod [Visitor]

It’s turning out fantastic!

05/27/17 @ 10:13
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you!! :>> I literally could not have done it without you! :))

05/30/17 @ 21:47


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