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By James G. McCollam and James G. McCollam,Copley News Service | January 24, 1993
Q: Enclosed is a picture of a very old bookcase. I imagine it is 75 years or older. The glass doors tilt up and slide in above the books.When I moved, one of the movers wanted to buy it, and now I am ready to give it up, but I don't know what to ask for it.I would so much appreciate any help you can give me regarding this old piece.A: This type bookcase is very popular with collectors and would probably sell for $500 to $600 in good condition.This style bookcase has been made from about 1900 to the present.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | August 22, 2011
Frank J. Gach, a master carpenter whose expertly constructed bookcases and shelves were highly prized by bibliophiles and college libraries, died Aug. 13 of complications from dementia at Keswick Multi-Care Center. The former longtime Randallstown resident was 94. The son of a coal miner and a homemaker, Mr. Gach was born and raised in Glen Campbell, Pa., where he graduated from high school. Mr. Gach's expertise in carpentry began at an early age. When he was 16, he built a barn on his family's property that stood for 50 years, family members said.
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November 26, 2006
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- A woman's body was found wedged upside-down behind a bookcase in the home she shared with relatives who had spent nearly two weeks looking for her. A spokesman for the Pasco County sheriff's office said Mariesa Weber's death was not suspicious. Family members said they believe she fell over as she tried to adjust the plug of a television behind the bookshelf. Weber, 38, returned home Oct. 28 and greeted her mother, then wasn't seen again. On Nov. 9, Weber's sister went into her bedroom and looked behind a bookcase, where she saw the woman's foot.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | October 26, 2008
One gaze from the back porch of this Owings Mills home toward a grove of trees is the clue to the property's name, Walnutwood. There are more than 2 acres of walnut trees where the ground slopes away from the house toward a spring-fed pond. "The library was built from the walnut trees on this property," said Helen Rockwell, who, with husband Steven Rockwell, owns the home. The room, part of a decades-old addition to the main house, features paneling, bookcases and beams hewn from walnut timber from the rolling property.
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By Rita St. Clair and Rita St. Clair,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE | June 23, 1996
Even if traditional furniture design is not especially to your liking, it still warrants careful examination from an aesthetic as well as a functional standpoint. That's true, by the way, for almost every element of interior design that has survived decades' or centuries' worth of changes in taste and usage.They all have something to teach us.The bureau-bookcase, also known as a secretary, is one of history's most successful examples of multifunctional furniture -- though it's been categorized in that way only relatively recently.
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By RITA ST.CLAIR | December 22, 1991
Q: I need to find a small space somewhere in my average-size house where I can put a writing table, chair and bookcase. Where and how can I best create a cozy corner that will include these elements?A: It's easy -- all that's needed is a bit of imagination. But I'll need more than imagination if I'm to tell you exactly where those pieces can best be situated. Since I've never seen your home, I have to make a few assumptions.For starters, I'll suppose that you are able to rearrange the furniture in just about any room, maybe even including a hallway.
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By ROB KASPER | June 3, 2006
Last weekend I was in cam lock lockdown. This is a state of frustration familiar to folks who buy self-assembled furniture. Self-assembled furniture is, I am told, a trend. In the furniture trade, it even has an abbreviation, RTA, for ready to assemble. I found it to be a pain, mainly in my knees and lower back. With self-assembled furniture, when you buy a bookcase it does not arrive in your home looking like a bookcase. Instead it looks like a big flat box stuffed with parts. Apparently we can thank Ingvar Kamprad for this.
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By ROB KASPER | May 4, 2002
GUILT IS A powerful motivator, especially this time of year. Part of me feels compelled to start building and planting. But another part wants to plant itself on a couch as I watch televised sports. Today, for instance, my inner couch potato reminds me that there are baseball and lacrosse games on the tube this afternoon and an NBA playoff game on this evening. At the stroke of 5 p.m., I will pick up my julep cup and commune with the multitudes watching the Kentucky Derby. At the same time, however, the great glob of guilt that functions as my conscience tells me that I shouldn't be a slug, that I should get off my haunches and fix something.
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By James Dulley and James Dulley,Contributing Writer | December 26, 1992
Q: It gets chilly in our living room near the windows in the evening. Are there any types of simple, inexpensive and attractive indoor shutters that we can build ourselves to block the cold?A: Building inexpensive, yet attractive, insulating window shutters is a simple do-it-yourself weekend job. These shutters not only save energy year-round, but they also provide privacy and increased security. You will be amazed at how much warmer you will feel sitting near them.For the best appearance with the most effective use of wall space, build a combination bookcase/window shutter.
NEWS
September 12, 1994
A Baltimore County library went out of business last month, and no one said a word.Well, almost no one.Marcia and Julian Klaff had a few choice words. The library was their idea, and they were none too pleased to see it closed.As a public facility, it was a modest affair. The Milford Mill Book Exchange -- really just a bookshelf placed at the Milford Mill Metro station -- allowed subway riders the chance to pick up a book or magazine on the way into Baltimore.All the material -- some 2,000 titles -- was donated.
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By Rita St. Clair and Rita St. Clair,Tribune Media Services | December 2, 2007
We're partitioning the end of our family room nearest the kitchen in order to create a small, quiet reading area. Hundreds of books are to be stored in this new space, so we need some sturdy bookcases. What kind would you suggest? And can you advise us on how to light the shelves? I hope you'll consider having bookcases built on the spot by the carpenters who will be constructing the family-room partition. Custom-made units can take maximum advantage of available space while fully integrating the look of the bookcases with the nearby woodwork.
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November 26, 2006
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- A woman's body was found wedged upside-down behind a bookcase in the home she shared with relatives who had spent nearly two weeks looking for her. A spokesman for the Pasco County sheriff's office said Mariesa Weber's death was not suspicious. Family members said they believe she fell over as she tried to adjust the plug of a television behind the bookshelf. Weber, 38, returned home Oct. 28 and greeted her mother, then wasn't seen again. On Nov. 9, Weber's sister went into her bedroom and looked behind a bookcase, where she saw the woman's foot.
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By ROB KASPER | June 3, 2006
Last weekend I was in cam lock lockdown. This is a state of frustration familiar to folks who buy self-assembled furniture. Self-assembled furniture is, I am told, a trend. In the furniture trade, it even has an abbreviation, RTA, for ready to assemble. I found it to be a pain, mainly in my knees and lower back. With self-assembled furniture, when you buy a bookcase it does not arrive in your home looking like a bookcase. Instead it looks like a big flat box stuffed with parts. Apparently we can thank Ingvar Kamprad for this.
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By ROB KASPER | March 26, 2005
LOADING furniture on a rental truck last Saturday, I got the feeling that I had done this before. I had, of course. Who hasn't suffered through a move? But this time there were significant differences in the experience. This time, I was not the one who was carrying lamps out of the homestead. This time it was our older son. He had landed his first job and was transferring worldly possessions from his boyhood home into his new apartment in downtown Chambersburg, Pa. Another difference was that this time I wasn't doing the heavy lifting.
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By Elaine Markoutsas and Elaine Markoutsas,UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE | October 10, 2004
They lean, like ladders propped against a wall. They float, with no visible hardware to show support. They seem to vanish, making objects on them appear suspended. They stand in the middle of the room, not at all where weM-Fre accustomed to seeing them. The new look of shelves for books and objects of your affection adds a potent design element and versatility that stretches their use throughout the home. ThatM-Fs good news for those who donM-Ft have room for dedicated libraries or enough wall space for shelves to line a room.
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By ROB KASPER | May 4, 2002
GUILT IS A powerful motivator, especially this time of year. Part of me feels compelled to start building and planting. But another part wants to plant itself on a couch as I watch televised sports. Today, for instance, my inner couch potato reminds me that there are baseball and lacrosse games on the tube this afternoon and an NBA playoff game on this evening. At the stroke of 5 p.m., I will pick up my julep cup and commune with the multitudes watching the Kentucky Derby. At the same time, however, the great glob of guilt that functions as my conscience tells me that I shouldn't be a slug, that I should get off my haunches and fix something.
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August 8, 1994
FOOTNOTE on Eddie Weidner, the popular and longtime trainer of the Baltimore Orioles:His obituary noted that he enjoyed woodworking in his leisure time. In fact, he was a craftsman when it came to woodworking.A colleague recalls hiring the retired trainer to build a large, built-in bookcase to surround his living room sofa. Mr. Weidner and his son labored on the project as though they were creating a work of fine art. It was lovingly constructed and put into place with the kind of attention to detail that only another craftsman can appreciate.
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By Elaine Markoutsas and Elaine Markoutsas,UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE | October 10, 2004
They lean, like ladders propped against a wall. They float, with no visible hardware to show support. They seem to vanish, making objects on them appear suspended. They stand in the middle of the room, not at all where weM-Fre accustomed to seeing them. The new look of shelves for books and objects of your affection adds a potent design element and versatility that stretches their use throughout the home. ThatM-Fs good news for those who donM-Ft have room for dedicated libraries or enough wall space for shelves to line a room.
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By Julie Klavens and Julie Klavens,Sun Staff | August 26, 2001
Picture it: a generic scene from some obscure 1930s movie, in which the heroine trudges back to her cheap rooming house, weary from a fruitless day looking for work and longing only to fall into her bed -- which she pulls from the wall! What matches the amazement of seeing a Murphy bed in action for the first time? Who conceived of such a thing? And, could one design a home in which every item folds away at will, then springs to purpose with a small twist of the wrist? A full-Murphy house, so to speak, poses certain problems, not to mention aesthetic limitations.
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