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Though not as lightweight as an eReader, this portable library is far more stylish.

Bookcases that fold up like a clamshell were common among British travelers of the 19th century. Soldiers, students, clerks and the clergy were all fond of this easy way to take a library with them anywhere in the world.

This version of a portable bookcase has been designed to simultaneously hold two different sizes of modern books, both 812” x 11″ and 6″ x 9″ editions. Or you can move the shelves around to accommodate odd sizes of books in your personal library.

On its face, this is a deceptively simple project. It is but two boxes hinged together. But once you immerse yourself in the details – how the drawers, doors and shelves all work together – you’ll find the project is a bit of a puzzle. It’s fun to unravel – if you can identify the obstacles ahead of you and sidestep them with grace.

Bookcases such as this were typically made from mahogany, walnut, oak or a local exotic species.


 

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