What do you get when an avid woodworker marries a genealogy fanatic? You tend to NOT get a clean house, carefully planned meals, and long afternoons by the fire (well, we don’t even have a fireplace).
But what you DO get is furniture built specifically for genealogy. When Hubby started talking about this bookcase, I told him my needs:
- Genealogy books come in every size so the bookcase must accommodate small, medium and large heights
- We needed to fit the printer into the bottom shelf
- I needed storage for maps and rolled charts
The new bookcase matches the filing cabinet, and makes my old “unpainted” bookcase look pretty pathetic. To accommodate large and small books, Hubby stepped each shelf , with the largest being at the bottom. That shelf matched the measurement of the printer we needed to put there.
The bookcase was so heavy that we had to wait til my future son-in-law was around in order to move it upstairs. Then future son-in-law helped me get the books set up and move the pictures. Yup, he’s a keeper!
We thought of slots or vertical holders, but in the end Hubby went for drawers for the charts.
Hubby works almost entirely by hand these days; that is, he usually manages to avoid power tools.
His work always includes surprising and lovely details.
All in all I am appreciating how this bookcase makes my tiny space work better. And I was able to store my scanner in the old bookcase, line up my journals in holders, stow my box of files in the old bookcase, and get my books at eye level.
It is a very unique experience in life to have a piece of furniture built especially for you. Hubby designed this himself, and spent every evening and weekend for five or six weeks crafting this by hand. It was so popular on his blog that he had to mail a “story board” to a reader.
It’s pretty popular at home, too!
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