Modern Library Storage Bins in the making…
Making these things is way more work than you think.
Part One - Getting the books. You think finding decent hardcover books would be easy in this digital document world, and it is, if you want to pay $2 or more a book. Sure $2 sounds cheap, but 15 books later, you’ve got $30 into one of these things and you haven’t even made a box to put ‘em on.
Part Two - Selecting the books. When you look at the Book Bins, the books may seem random, but it took a lot of time to get them to that point. After having the spines carefully removed, we separate and sort the books by height. This is important for practical purposes. The boxes themselves are very durable, so to make sure the book spine face is equally durable, it’s important that they don’t protrude too far from any edges of the box, where they’re susceptible to excessive wear and tear.
Then Jen typically puts them together into approximate collections for each bin. When it comes time to attach them to the bin, they’re scrutinized further by size and color, and to make sure they fit the box properly. There’s an art to making a group of random width books fit perfectly from edge-to-edge of each bin.
Occasionally odd length spines need to be cut down. You see this in people with short legs. When doing this at home, try not to cut your fingers off. If you do, try not to get blood on your project. Oh, and I should probably have some kind of disclaimer here, and say Don’t Attempt To Build Anything At Home. We are professionals. Besides, this stuff really is a lot of work, and if you don’t have anything better to do than spend your weekend trying to build one of these things, you should just go watch some Chris Elliot.
Step Three - To quote Tracy Jordan, “Blah Blah Blah, you get the point.”
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