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I have thousands of books and will be aquiring many more when my father moves and he gives me his huge library.
The only way that I can think of to handle all of these books is with something akin to compact shelving such as shown on these pages:
http://www.librisdesign.org/docs/ShelvingforLibraries.pdf - go to page 22
I am not planning to make a crank or moterized version, just one where I can slide the bookcases sideways to open up an isle to get at a particular unit.
Given the weight of such a system when loaded with books, I don't plan to support it from the ceiling. It will be supported by the floor - it will be on the first floor and I plan to reinforce the floor from the basement.
What I have in mind are bookcases with rollers/wheels on the bottom in tracks and then tracks at the ceiling to stabilize the units but not take any of the weight.
Given the weight issues, I think that this would be a combination wood and metal project.
While I have not yet learned to weld, I have a neigbhor who has voluntaried to teach me - he is a retired machinest.
Detailed plans would be great but I doubt any exist. Any and all suggestions, comments, tips, etc. will be greatly appreciated.