Circular Book Case

By: Richard Wedler

  • Curved components were cut with a bench-top routing circle jig with an 8′ reach.

  • Rectangular ‘blanks’ of alder plywood are cut to their circular forms for identical top, fixed middle shelf and bottom components.

  • Base moldings and alder edge-banding are glued to the convex curve of each of the five bookcase segments.

  • The assembled five individual cases are joined to become the 25′ long bookcase. This view shows the reverse-curved final section. The joints between each section are covered by a fluted column.

  • The assembled five individual cases are joined to become the 25′ long bookcase. This view shows the reverse-curved final section. The joints between each section are covered by a fluted column.

  • The assembled bookcase curls around the workbench with the routing jig just before the staining and finishing process. Part of the job was to create a template for the sofa-maker to work from so that the case and couch would nest together properly.

  • This sixteen foot diameter bookcase was made of alder and constructed in five sections that bolted together after it was finished and delivered to the jobsite. A custom sofa was built to fit inside it for television viewing in the client’s family room. (Picture taken prior to the room being furnished).

  • This sixteen foot diameter bookcase was made of alder and constructed in five sections that bolted together after it was finished and delivered to the jobsite. A custom sofa was built to fit inside it for television viewing in the client’s family room. (Picture taken prior to the room being furnished).