Step 2: Add Hardware

Although in the end my BookCASE ended up being lighter than similarly sized suitcases filled with clothing, I wanted to reinforce the hardware to deal with the weight of filling the case with books.

First strip out the existing interior of the suitcase, if you haven't already.

Because the case walls are quite thin (less than 1/4 inch) you might want to back all hardware with leather (see photo). Just cut a piece of leather to be slightly larger than the hardware to be attached. Glue the leather to the area you want to attach the hardware with some liquid nails. You also want to drill pilot holes before affixing screws as the wood used in these cases tends to be prone to splintering.

To reinforce my case I added two small hinges to the back and two draw latches to each side. Depending on the hardware on your case, you might want to add additional latches to the front, or replace the existing latches--leather backing can also be helpful for covering marks left by previous bits of hardware. If any screw tips penetrate into the inside, cover them with liquid nails before relining. You should be able to cover such blemishes during the re-lining process. Which luckily is the next step!
This is one of the cleverest upcycles I have seen. And travelling with books speaks to my heart.
<p>I envy the times when people got to travel with all their stuff and never had to worry about weight.</p>
<p>My husband refuses to build me another bookcase, and I have used the empty cupboards in the kitchen for shelves, so I have reluctantly gone to the e-side of books. I enjoy it, I always have a book with me, and I have enough I never run out. However, I miss my physical books.</p>
The idea is not new. In the 1920's &quot;Popular Mechanics&quot; magazine published a thumbnail about a bookcase in a trunk for frequent travelers like engineers or other technical persons. Still a good idea. Say a library trunk with CDs, CD player, speakers and a lap clipboard/ sketch board that fits between the two halves of the library.
You are right. It seems to be in eras when people traveled by ocean liner with greater frequency, they would had purpose-built trunks for almost anything, mini libraries, etc. It was this concept that sorta inspired me, but I wanted to make something that could fit in an overhead bin. I would love to see the copy of Popular Mechanics you mention.
I don't know the exact issue of 'Popular Mechanics' but go to the library or bookstore and grab &quot;The Boy Mechanic- 200 Classic Things To Build&quot; by The Editors of Popular Mechanics (Hearst Books U$ 9.95- Can$ 13.95) P. 57 &amp; 58. <br> <br>The trunk is two open faced boxes 9&quot; deep, 18&quot; wide and 31&quot; high with metal capped corners, trunk latches and hinges. In each half are two book shelves (you could change that according to book size) <br> <br>Well ?I hope this is of some help to you..
And the best part I see of this arrangement is that there's a little gap in the bottom for pamphlets and things.
Yes! Thank you for mentioning this little space because it was a somewhat unintended feature that I have found really useful. I use it to store a small wood easel for displaying larger books once unpacked, but it is also a useful space for pamphlets or writing instruments.
This is brilliant! If the one hard suitcase I had wasn't so flipping huge I'd totally go and do this right now! As it is, I'll just keep an eye out for something more sensible.

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