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Rope Bridge Bookshelf

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The rope bridge bookshelf lets books have a relaxed home when they're not being read. It can be rough being opened and left in all sorts of locations during the reading process and the books have earned a nice break.

 
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Step 1: Supplies

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Materials
  1. Statlig board from Ikea
  2. Ekby Bjarnum shelf holder pair from Ikea
  3. paracord
  4. steel washers
Tools
  1. Miter saw
  2. Drill press
  3. Lighter

Step 2: Chop

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Using the miter saw, cut the wood into several pieces. With the board I had I got:
  • 2x 2.5" pieces
  • 11x 2" pieces

Step 3: Drill

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Using the drill press I drilled out pairs of holes in all of the pieces. I clamped a couple of pieces of wood to the drill press to make sure that all of the holes would be aligned correctly.

Step 4: Start the paracord

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Cut off two lengths of paracord and singe the ends with your lighter to prevent fraying. Tie a knot in one end and start feeding it through the pieces of wood.

To make the knots extra secure, use the lighter to melt the knot into a gooey mass.

Step 5: Washers

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String the cord through all of the pieces of wood, using the steel washers as spacers. I used three for each gap.

Step 6: Add the bracket

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Use the included hardware that came with the Ekby Bjarnum to attach the bracket to the wood.

Step 7: Hang it up!

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Find a nice spot for your bookshelf and install it! I used a few drywall anchors to keep everything nice and secure.

Now find some books that deserve a nice rest and put them down on it.

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 It's so cute :)
nickodemus4 years ago
This is very interesting, what was your inspiration?
fungus amungus (author)  nickodemus4 years ago
a rope bridge
Good inspiration
fungus amungus (author)  Barrettkg4 years ago
thanks
Now that I look back at my question... I see how dumb it sounded. (blush)
PACW nickodemus4 years ago
 Didn't sound dumb to me.  If I build a rope bridge bookcase it will be for all my Stephen King books because rope bridges scare the daylights out of me.  No relaxed feel for me!  
fungus amungus (author)  nickodemus4 years ago
heh, don't worry about it. I tried to think if there was anything else that inspired it, but that's pretty much it. I love the curve of the rope bridge.
Yeah, I think it gives it a more relaxed feel. I always thought stand up bookshelves were either boring or ugly. Currently I've got a short (knee high) bookshelf under my computer desk, but I think I might make one of these now.
But why rope bridges? Why not cantilever bridges? What is it about rope bridges that appeals to your books?
caitlinsdad4 years ago
Hahahaha, add a micro and ailerons to disable Mr. Aerodynamic "Tacoma Narrows" Flutter! LOL
:)
TailorU4 years ago
Cool!
Hey there :0) It's really fun Fungie!
bowmaster4 years ago
This is really cool. It also gave me a cool idea, make a mega sized version, put some foam padding (like memory foam) on it, and use it as a bed. It would be really cool.
fungus amungus (author)  bowmaster4 years ago
Yes, something similar to that, but mattress sized.
 That would be epic.
Yeah it would. You could also put extra support beams to give it a contoured-to-your-body shape.
legomman2004 years ago
 cool
adder304 years ago
I see "Cradle to Cradle" on there.   Great book!
kcls4 years ago
Great job! very relaxing looking.
gmjhowe4 years ago
 That is a brilliant little project. The curve of the rope bridge is pretty nice.

So, with your obsession with shelves, and clocks, how long till be get the shelf clock?
fungus amungus (author)  gmjhowe4 years ago
I sketched out a circular shelf that could be used like that not too long ago. It could happen!

But not too likely. Besides, I have a couple of other clock projects that need to be finished. Been trying to clear the backlog to make way for new things.
 Haha, I am the same. Got too many things to get out the way, the mind gets crowded with too many unfinished projects.

I look forward to your clock projects! (I have plans for a massive projected analogue clock in the works)
mg0930mg4 years ago
A very very very neat little project, I might actually do.
RelientOwl4 years ago
the bookshelves in your house must be all different lol
 
Very Cool!!!
Brilliant ideas, as always. Keep up the good work! By the way, I was wondering, what inspired your username? Its always been a curious thing to me.... 
unigamer4 years ago
very very nice!  Might try this one.
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