Rotating/revolving bookcase

I wonder if you could offer any advice on this idea of mine.  I’m looking to design/make a bookshelf that revolves.  Like this www.youtube.com/embed/XkYvXMYnTxc?list=UU_UK-sPqzXj10PvfUCf39lg TV on one side and books on the other.  The setup I want to make isn’t the same as this, but the mechanism would be exactly the same.  Any ideas on how to DIY this?  ​The space I have to do it is 16" deep, 39" wide and about 50" high I've searched around and can't find any info on where to buy the brackets/arms/runners that may be needed.  There are also wall beds that do the same thing on a much larger scale - but the process in principal is the same. I feel like the solution is fairly simple, but I don’t know where to start.  Any help would be brilliant, thanks.  This guy looks like he'd know how to do it https://www.instructables.com/id/Hidden-Door-Bookshelf/?ALLSTEPS Cheers!

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Hidden Door/Bookcase

I have a "man cave", as my wife calls it. It's basically my office, with all the decorations she won't let me put in the rest of the house along with my Ammunition Reloading Bench....anyway, there is no door. The hallway opens right into it.  I have a curtain there now but I have always wanted a secret door. I have looked at all the "instructables" pertaining to the hidden door, however I can't figure out what kind of door is a good door or where the hinges go or if i should use a pre-existing bookcase...any suggestions?

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what is a plinth?

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How to move a bookcase using upper rails

I want to build a set of 3 bookcases that slide to a corner to reveal a study area. For that I though about using a metal framework to support all bookcases from the top using two rails. So when needed, I would just push the bookcases along the rail path. The big problem, is that it has a change in direction of movement (left-right to front-back, see ilustration from the top), and I have NO IDEA on how to implement supports for the bookcase that allow a direction change like that. Do you have any ideas on rails and supports/hangers that allows for direction change.

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How would you make a bookcase like the one shown in the attached link? Answered

Are the shelves cut out to accommodate the studs? How are the shelves attached? Thanks!https://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/FEE/CVUQ/FBHXD29C/FEECVUQFBHXD29C.MEDIUM.jpg

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flimsy furniture

My little sister bought the worst/cheapest book case from target. its flimsy the bottom piece was warped, and i had to replace one of the piece of crap plastic pieces that hold the thing together with wood glue, a drill, and a long screw (this piece in fact ended up swaying back and forth less than the rest of the book case) so what I'm interest ed in is ways to reinforce and boost up the quality of the book cases and $30 furniture for as cheap as possible. any one got any thing?

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What's the best way to mount wood boards to a wall (for shelves), maintaining low visibility and high strength? Answered

I was thinking about making a custom shelf for all of my DVD/video game cases. I have very little space in my room and would like to make use of my walls. I'm going to measure everything and build the actual shelf myself using wood boards (sanded, cut, etc.). The only problem I have is mounting it to my wall. What I'm wondering is what is the best way to mount the "shelf" to the wall in the least visible way possible, while still maintaining very high strength (so that the shelf doesn't fall down)? The shelf is going to be pretty bland: no funny cuts or weird shapes, so finding a way to mount it shouldn't be a problem.

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Why do people search for secret door bookcases on Thursdays? Answered

I was exploring the new profile page and browsed through to the "Launch Stats" button, and found the following strange behavior: on my project https://www.instructables.com/id/Secret-door-bookcase/, twice as many people visit on Thursday as any other day of the week. Remarkably consistently. For the last three months. None of my other instructables show this peculiarity. I can't imagine why. Any ideas? Is there a US show featuring secret doors that runs on Thursdays?

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Will This Work: Ikea ODDA wall cabinet converted to low bookcase

I'm new to Ikea hacking (or any sort of furniture construction for that matter), and have an idea of what I want to do but am unsure if it will work. I need a low, long & shallow bookshelf and after scouring the web for ages & coming up empty-handed I decided to look for pieces I could hack . . . Et voila! I came across Ikea's ODDA wall cabinet: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10120573 I would like to stack/fasten together two of these units and add either casters or hairpin legs ... I'm thinking it will most likely be too heavy for the hairpins & I'll need a support for the middle of the unit. This is all speculation, of course, having never done this before. If anyone has any advice, it would be much appreciated! Thanks!

Topic by rachelnyc 


plumbing shelves?

Hi! I was watching a home show, "Beyond the Box," and there was a segment about an architect who build a wall-sized bookshelf out of heavy-duty plumbing pipes, wood planks and cable wire (the kind you see on staircases). I only got about a 20-second look at the thing, but it looks wonderful --very funky and industrial, but clean. I've never seen this before and would love to make one for my home office, but have no clue how to do it from that one video. Has anyone seen/built this sort of thing? Can anyone offer advice about how this might work? I'd be grateful for any help you can give. Thanks!

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How can I make a Bookcase Door?

Scooby-Doo movies became famous for it, spy movies have been known to have them, Batman had one, and yet... I used to live in Kansas, before I moved to Arizona, and while I was there I visited a place called Science City. It is basically an indoor amusement park with funky gizmos like a hologram of a fist sized diamond behind a painting, and a rocking chair that doubles as a power generator. But the thing that interested me most was a wall that revolved at the center, becoming a door that would lead to another room. I asked some of the employees about it, but it must be a trade secret since they all said they couldn't, or wouldn't tell me. One of them even denied the existence of such a wall! Ever since then, I have seen various recreations like this in spy and mystery movies. I think that this would be the coolest thing ever. You see, when you turn the wall around, one side is a fake bookcase, the other is a blank wall. It turns 180 degrees, then you have to turn it the other way. I want one of those in a cabin that my family is building up in the mountains. Since it would have to be custom built, I would need a very good idea of where to start. Anything in the way of advice, answers, or even speculations anyone could give me would be absolutely great. Sincerely Yours, Zelback1

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Recycling Vinyl Albums as shelf cabinets

Hey guys, My good friend is a graphic designer and music lover. He has a great project for those of us with vinyl album covers with great art. If you're like me, your album covers are collecting dust and no one gets to see the art, but he put together a design that allows you to use your covers as art as part of a book shelf cabinets. He's very close to meeting the funding goal for his prototype on kickstarter -- any support from the community would be much appreciated http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/305436801/rekordit-records-are-beautiful (especially if this is something you want but think it would be too complicated to make yourself -- as is the case with me :p ) - LMNH

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Does anyone have a creative/cheap idea for toy storage? Answered

We have a mudroom with a single wall available to build something on. It's about 8 feet wide, and there is a 4-foot square window in the center of the wall (both horizontally & vertically), so we have about 2 feet on either side that could be something tall and thin like bookshelves, and then about 4 feet in the middle that would need to be shorter. I just don't want to spend $500 on bookshelves that my kids will destroy. I'd like to find an inventive way to use the space that's more fun than cheapo cabinets from IKEA (backup plan). Thanks!

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How can I make a mushroom above my corner bookcase to make the whole thing look like a giant mushroom? Answered

I'm redoing my bedroom as a mushroom garden and this was my biggest project, but I can't think what to make it out of!? My mushroom top is actually going to be the underside of a mushroom curving twords the ceiling. I can't find anything even similar to this project so at least a list of possible materials would be epic. Thank you loads. - Queen Allysibeth

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Help me make a bookcase door to a secret room

  Inappropriate Incomplete Spam Scooby-Doo movies became famous for it, spy movies have been known to have them, Batman had one, and yet... I used to live in Kansas, before I moved to Arizona, and while I was there I visited a place called Science City. It is basically an indoor amusement park with funky gizmos like a hologram of a fist sized diamond behind a painting, and a rocking chair that doubles as a power generator. But the thing that interested me most was a wall that revolved at the center, becoming a door that would lead to another room. I asked some of the employees about it, but it must be a trade secret since they all said they couldn't, or wouldn't tell me. One of them even denied the existence of such a wall! Ever since then, I have seen various recreations like this in spy and mystery movies. I think that this would be the coolest thing ever. You see, when you turn the wall around, one side is a fake bookcase, the other is a blank wall. It turns 180 degrees, then you have to turn it the other way. I want one of those in a cabin that my family is building up in the mountains. Since it would have to be custom built, I would need a very good idea of where to start. Anything in the way of advice, answers, or even speculations anyone could give me would be absolutely great. Sincerely Yours, Zelback1

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How do you add glass to doors? AND where do you get it for cheap?

I have a standard bookcase that holds our DVD's, but I think it is an eye sore. I plan to add doors to the bookcase with frosted glass in each door to hide the dvd's. I saw another tutorial on how to add the doors, so I think I undestand how to do that. What I am not sure about is how to insert the glass into the doors we make? Also, are there any places to buy glass for cheap? I even considered getting those behind-the-door mirrors and frosting them, but I dont think it will look as good as if I used a real strip of glass. Any suggestions for finding the glass to how to install it is greatly appreciated!

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Pre-drilled shelves?

I would like to know where I can purchase the pre-drilled melemine shelving upright boards in order to construct some custom built bookcases.

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Received confirmation, but instructable never showed up in contest

I received an email yesterday telling me my instructable "Bookcase with dog parts" was accepted in the Pets Contest, but so far it has not showed up.

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Is there a simple way more or less of tracking an instructable being re-posted to other sites, other then googling? Answered

So, recently had this post on one of my instructables:  "awesome work!!! saw this mentioned on engadget which is awesome!! http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/22/oval-bookshelf-is-the-perfect-case-for-this-diy-car-stereo-radio/" - I love that this person pointed this out, as when I googled my bookcase, i found it had been re-posted to over 73 different gadget, science and blog sites.  Not to mention being translated in Japanese, Chinese, Cyrillc and others.  I never would have known or thought to look for it on other sites.  The question is, is there an easy way to tell if my other instructables have been re-posted to other sites, like a way to track it?  Other then googling?

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Hidden Door Latch

I am looking for a secret "latch" to open/close a bookcase that covers a hidden door. There are some nice electromagnet types but they are expensive and need power. Any ideas on a "Chinese puzzle" type of thing where you move a couple of things and it opens? I don't want the classic horror movie things like move a book, lever or statue 'cause that's the first thing someone would try. Just fishing for ideas!

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How can i make a fingerprint reader to unlock a door? (Preferably under £20)?

Hey,    I'm wanting to make a fingerprint scanner to go on a hidden door (made into a bookcase), the hiding of the scanner isn't a factor i'm worrying about at the moment - But i can't afford to pay out like £50 just for a scanner! Or if you can think of any alternatives to this, that would be great too! (: Thanks!

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Hand Made "Mummified Faeries" on Etsy!

Isher Creations on Etsy has several hand made "mummified Faerie" displays available for sale.  Several photos of each specimen are on the site. These would make excellent displays for your dark art collection, Halloween Haunt, bookcase...wherever!  Each is in its own display case. Check it out today!

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Flying RC Starship Enterprise, USB Dead Drops, 3D Chocolate Printer

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Topic by randofo 


How to redo your room

All right so i've been wanting to completely redo my room for a while ~i'm getting rid of my desk/bookcase for more room and replacing them with neon wooden shelves i made i think other people might have this question too so please answer if you can, maybe you could make an instructable for something in it. WHAT ARE SOME WAYS I CAN REDO MY ROOM? and i want it to represent my creativity but i'm not allowed to paint the walls and so i'm really stuck Please help :)

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Hp tablet display? Touchscreen monitor? Help!

As i was looking on ebay for a lcd display for a computer mod i found out that the there's a bunch of displays taken apart from old/broken hp tablet's. I've been thinking for a while know to set up a computer with a touch screen display to put in my ikea expedit bookcase (http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/10103088)I was planning on hiding the computer behind the screen and so on. So my question is can you make an Hp tablet display working with a desktop computer?If yes how can you?If not, what would you suggest in terms of touch sensitive display? Is it cheaper to diy (i know there are some kits over the internet) i will mainly use this computer to control music, watch movies from my bed (it's right next to it) and controling the light of my room. nothing much, nothing fancy!Thanks!?

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Topic by fungus amungus 


Hard drive MP3 boombox?

I was wondering if anyone has and Instructable or has done this. I've searched Instructables and can't find anything like this at all, which really surprised me as I thought this would have been an obvious one to do. What I'd like to do is build a bookcase / boombox stereo from scratch using: 1. an old hard drive 2. some speakers 3. a small lcd to display info 4. some basic controls 5. usb port to update files on HD -or- make the HD removable 6. whatever other electronics parts are necessary. It doesn't need to have radio, CD audio or anything else. All I want is a 200GB or larger hard drive full of MP3's and a way to play them with decent fidelity and loud without using the computer. I've built lots of PC's and know computer hardware and software fairly well but have never used a soldering iron... but can follow complex instructions very well. Also I'm not sure if it can use a prebuilt interface by scavinging the electronics from a basic el-chepo MP3 player or if it would be better to use something like a VIA Micro-ATX motherboard with built in CPU and have something like a USB drive booting to a simple version of Linux directly to a media player interface? That seems like it would cost more in parts but be simpler than creating custom circuitry. But that is the way I would go if attempting this on my own. An all hardware & firmware solution somehow seems more elegant but that's beyond my current ability's. If I go with the Micro-ATX motherboard and Linux it could be done in a modular format that would allow the addition of other components latter such as CD player (with auto MP3 ripping), input and output to other components etc. So has anyone done this? If you haven't but have the know how do you want to collaborate via e-mail and walk me through it. I'd create an Instructable if so and give you full credit. Any and all suggestions, comments, rants, put downs, cheers, roars, hollars and yells appreciated!!

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