Monday, August 27, 2007

Classroom Bibliochaise

I saw the "Bibliochaise" in a "treehugger" article here and thought it would be the perfect addition to my classroom. I knew I could not afford to buy the very nice Italian original, so I figured I could make it. There were no plans to speak of on line yet, so I got the measurements off the original site here, and planned it out. Many trips to the Home Depot and here's what I came up with. Please take into consideration, I am not a carpenter, I've never built something like this, so please excuse the unfinished look of the chair. It is meant for the classroom not the home.

ORIGINAL "Bibliochaise" My "Bibliochaise"

Process slide show....


H. Michael Karshis said...

Nice job Shaun - the slide show is really cool too.

Thanks for checking out my blog. when I first saw the Bibliochaise it reminded me alot of the stereo cabinet my friend Brian burns and I built.



Raquel said...

I have loved the pattern of the cushions!
You are a very good carpenter and a lovely teacher!

PS: thanks for your visit at Teh Residence of the Gods

Anonymous said...

Hey I saw the chair too and now I really want to build it as my new project! So far I've only built those book cases they sell at Target :-) Do you have any advice on how to make it? Do you have the precise dimensions for all the pieces? Could you send them to me? Thanks, my email is


Anonymous said...

Hi Shaun,

Really nice job! I would like to make one myself as well, and I was wondering if you could send me your drawings. Like you, I have the measurements as well, but before starting to calculate and 'invent the wheel twice', I was wondering if you could help me on the way.

Thanks and regards,


floris_evers at

Anonymous said...

Wow, it's really cool and it would be nice if you could send me the drawings or whatever as well. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

He Shaun,
My father and I want to build one as a project for my new condo!
Can you send me any additional info such as what kind of wood you used, tips, any other drawings you may have, etc?
Thanks so much

Anonymous said...

this is so cool I was reading our local paper this morning and saw this knew I had to have one I read about 2 books a week . went on line to find one no luck came across your wonderful project like everyone else I would like the plans and all tips and pointers and.. If possible. Your students are very lucky to have a teacher like you thank you in advance my e-mail is

shaun said...

The slide show says it all. I started w one large piece of MDF and had it cut at the Home Depot, the shelves were all cut en'mass and it all went together like lego after that.
Start w the base and go from lots of screws! and some wood glue.

Sorry I didn't have any "real" drawings, just the one off the slide show and I went from there.

Good luck,


Susan said...


nice job indeed

my gilrfriend and I saw this in a magazine today and were talking about how to make one - which is how I found your blog



shaun said...

thx, Susan/Fleur,

Let me know if you make one!


Anonymous said...

Hey, I found the bibliochaise online and decided I should make one myself, and then stumbled upon your blog.
I, along with all of the others, would greatly appreciate any extra tips or information on making one.
Shoot me an e-mail at


gerry said...

It's great, Shaun. I couldn't do that, you're really talented.

Conversation Pieces said...

Brilliant job... you've now got me thinking if I can my other half to make me one ;)

Dalgaları Aşmak said...

super :)

barjobo said...

I wonder if you could make one from pallets?