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How does an architect store his own books, papers, and drawing supplies? Using materials left over from the construction of his house, San Francisco architect Glenn Lym put a 7- by 8-foot storage unit at each end of his study. One unit forms a giant shadow box of open shelves; the other forms a grid of cabinets.

For the open shelves, Lym used 1-by-10s faced with 3/8-inch birch plywood. To achieve a uniform look, he made each opening 18 inches square. The unit sits on a 6-by-10 beam that spans the width of the room and rests on 1-by-6 baseboards. Though the unit appears to float above the floor, it's secured to the rear wall studs with L-brackets.

For the cabinets, Lym built a box frame out of 3/4-inch plywood, then bolted it to studs; doors are 3/8-inch plywood. Another section of 6-by-10 beam was screwed to the bottom of the cabinet, creating the feeling that this unit is also floating.

Finished units received coats of paint.
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Date:Apr 1, 1985
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