/r/guidebooknook

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Booknooks are bookstops (shelf inserts) with a diorama inside. Popularized by Monde, his versions show a miniature alley, with a top-down or see-through, slice-of-view perspective. See more booknooks

This sub is a guidebook for booknooks and sharing builds, techniques and ideas. It is an open community to all. Reddit is a platform built for sharing and I intend to promote this spirit, not stifle it.

The content I'll publish will showcase my ideas, and public designs, STL files for 3D printing and manufacturing techniques that work in both a shop or at home. I invite you to share similar content.

My promise is that this sub remains open to competing ideas and sellers with open source and open hardware designs. I joined /r/booknooks during its hype, but it quickly became obvious it's a storefront for this new business. With its heavy moderation of other sellers and content creators, I believe it is not a community for sharing. I love booknooks, but dislike the way this business handled its growing community.

I'm an embedded electronics engineer, working in both mech design and fullstack. I've had my share of making railway scale models. I believe my set of skills makes me especially suitable to help people wanting to build booknooks.

Business disclaimer: I do not intend (yet) to make booknooks commercially. I love the idea, so I might will, someday, just for the fun of building more.

Some subs for inspiration:

/r/Miniworlds

/r/dioramas

/r/modeltrains

and for the more technically inclined:

/r/arduino

/r/3Dprinting

r/TerrainBuilding/

Wiki coming soon.

/r/guidebooknook

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1 Comment
2023/12/23
04:28 UTC

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My Favorite Hobby

I have an obsession with building book nooks now. I just bought two more kits. My favorite one was the train one because it was the most difficult!

2 Comments
2023/09/05
02:11 UTC

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Help me find replacement circular LED light for the moon

This was one of my first book nooks. Unfortunately, it had particularly fragile lighting. It’s also not the standard lighting set up. The lights are on a puck that is screwed into the outer back panel (see E on the top left). This creates realistic, even lighting that shines through the plastic moon on the inner back panel (panel D on the bottom left). The wiring connects to a switch-controlled battery pack (center left). I’m hoping to find a replacement that I can screw into panel E in place of the broken circular plate. Preferably, I’d like to find a replacement that’s not so fragile, so I don’t want to buy one from the same manufacturer. Does anyone know of a similar product that could create the same even, circular lighting?

1 Comment
2023/07/22
16:24 UTC

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In desperate need of help trying to make a Frankenstein themed booknook

Using a throwaway account so he hopefully doesn't see this or know it's me at least. One of my closest friends is moving to the other side of the country and I want to make him a booknook as a going away present. Problem is, l've never made one and don't know where to start. His favorite book is Frankenstein so I think I wanna do one based off of that, but i've also never read Frankenstein and don't have enough time to read it at this point (I'm a very very slow reader due to really bad ADHD)

I'm open to literally ANY ideas, tips, advice, etc. please. I know this is probably vague, i'm sorry, I'm just panicking because I love him so much and want to make something special but l'm worried about messing up :(

5 Comments
2023/06/11
06:00 UTC

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New to customizing book nook

I recently bought a kit for a HP themed book nook but what I got was a pre-assembled knock-off. I'm looking for ideas on how to customize it so it doesn't look so empty and cheap. For example, how do i hide the obviously attached ceiling light?

https://imgur.com/a/VMIq3Kr

3 Comments
2023/01/05
01:52 UTC

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How to go about hollowing out books for nook

Hi all, I'd like to make a booknook scene INSIDE of 3-4 books together, with a window at the front on the spines of said books peeking into the scene. I'm not sure how I should start with this project in terms of hollowing them out. Has anyone done anything similar, and if so how would you recommend I start?

4 Comments
2022/12/14
21:12 UTC

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NEW TO BOOK NOOK

I've been so amazed at the booknooks I've seen and would like to get started. Is there a basic way to start? I have built dioramas, so I have a basic knowledge of miniatures.

8 Comments
2022/08/22
15:09 UTC

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Help for Egyptian book nook

Hi guys!! Has somebody made a Egyptian book nook? I have a beautiful collection of egyptian books and want to make a book nook, but need ideas...help please!

12 Comments
2021/09/18
14:42 UTC

84

Getting closer, testing lights and tent placement, Night Circus.

11 Comments
2021/09/09
03:09 UTC

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Captains cabin and below decks.

I've always fancied making a nook with a sailing ship theme so when the opportunity came up, I leapt at it. Everything is made from scratch with video and sounds added for the effects. This is what you see when standing in front of it.

https://reddit.com/link/p9er6c/video/2oe3lk72hyi71/player

2 Comments
2021/08/22
15:43 UTC

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First booknook try, with the Night Circus

I'm really wanting to do night circus as I love that book's description of the area. I want it to look like the trail going back is curving in a circle between tents, what is the best way to do that? Mirrors? Just pulling the pathway behind the foreground?

For the rest I wanted to do a path leading past the wishing tree and possibly ice garden tents so you could see into them. Modeling clay or even hotglue for some of those details inside... Here's hoping I'm up to the challenge!

9 Comments
2021/05/26
15:35 UTC

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No wiki? Resources?

Hi all, I’m just starting to think about a booknook and I’d like to do some research about how to make them, what kind of materials, sourcing materials, etc. Please let me know if any good website or other resources! Thanks!

3 Comments
2021/05/18
20:28 UTC

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1st attempt at F&B Shop

HiWondered what people think of the 2 versions below showing the sides of the shop. 1 set of pics shows the sides slanted and the other set shows them at 45 degrees.

Is there a right or wrong or is it just down to personal choice ?

Would like to make these available as kits.

All comments, feedback and advice, welcome.

Thanks

https://preview.redd.it/knfcz6a44dn61.jpg?width=480&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=011cce19e266c02ac871ce5e1155517badd365bd

https://preview.redd.it/pbq5hca44dn61.jpg?width=480&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=29d64462255cb3fed6c1d75da7234945c6922923

https://preview.redd.it/je857ha44dn61.jpg?width=480&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=1c698f939a6cc21f27caf1bdd2973d66eb34895d

https://preview.redd.it/9nxemma44dn61.jpg?width=480&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=438f042934fc2ac7504ee576473c9a6a777cf7b4

5 Comments
2021/03/16
08:53 UTC

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Do they have Tops ?

Hi

Just wondering if a BookNook should have a Top or not ?

I guess I'm really unsure why some don't have one ? Is it choice, is it determined by whether there needs to be one to carry / hold decoration ?

Be interested in peoples thoughts as I'm designing several types from basic to advanced.

TIA

4 Comments
2021/02/16
22:51 UTC

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Help re HP Diagon Alley Drawing

Hi

New to Book Nooks and Reddit.

Does anyone know where I can see 2d drawings of the shops / design that could be on either side of the Book Nook ? Really appreciate it.

Thanks

Paul

4 Comments
2021/02/15
13:38 UTC

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Good place to buy mirrors?

Just doing my first book nook and thinking I might need to add a little mirror for the right effect. Is there a source online everyone uses for buying them?

Thanks!

3 Comments
2021/02/13
18:35 UTC

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Foggy mirror effect?

Hi guys I'm a newbie to Book Nook's, I wanted to make a batman book Nook for a friend's of mine and wanted to use a mirror for the infinity effect but foggy. Is there a way to make a mirror look like fog? Frosted glass doesn't really reflect properly but I could be looking at the wrong type. Would a modge podge solution work maybe? I can paint the background or possibly use a shadowbox effect if I can't figure out a way to do it but was hoping someone here might have an idea or maybe tried a similar effect.

Edit / update : The suggestions were - 409 (bleach because I can't get 409), Clear Matte spray, Hairspray, Bar of soap, I'm also trying modge podge.

So far the soap is winning but I'm waiting for everything to dry.

10 Comments
2021/02/05
21:52 UTC

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Question about cases

Hello, I'm an experienced crafter recently inspired by book nooks and planning my first one. My question is about the cases. Nearly 100% of the ones I see online are made of wood, so there is probably a reason for this. Is it structural integrity? Do they need support/resistance from the (slight) pressure from books on either side of them? Is it durability? Is it about having a sturdy surface to build on?

Wood is not impossible, but I don't have any. I do have tons of foam core and my goal is to use only stuff in my stash and not purchase anything. Is there a reason I shouldn't use foam core? I don't want to put hours into a project and then discover there was a perfectly good reason why I should have used wood.

Thank you!

6 Comments
2021/01/18
16:41 UTC

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Planning to do a skyrim blackreach nook and need some help with the glowing mushrooms and glowing water

11 Comments
2020/12/05
08:59 UTC

9

Starting out and need some advice.

I’m looking to start making my own book books. I’m crafty and artistic but don’t have much woodworking or electronic skills. So I’m looking for dollhouse items that would best fit a nook. I want to to the Harry Potter floating staircases scene. What scale of staircases would be best? 1:12 or 1:24? Any input?

1 Comment
2020/10/16
15:53 UTC

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Newbie

Hi I fell in love with book nooks in the past few weeks and I really want to make one for my boyfriend for the new house. But at the moment I am pretty broke so I can't spend a lot of money on it. I have cardboard and thin foam that I used for cosplay and a lot of acrylics. I was thinking maybe a night sky mountain themed one. I have access to real moss and wood from the garden. Do you have any tips you can give me?

5 Comments
2020/09/13
09:25 UTC

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Questions about Mini books for bookcases

Where do you all find your printable book covers, also I am wondering on the size do people usually just scale them any size they need or is there a usual scale size 20mm by 10mm for example?

1 Comment
2020/09/11
21:19 UTC

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The wiring struggle and the need for super bright light to make the effect work. I think It was harder because the light was indirect. Loving it though

5 Comments
2020/09/11
01:54 UTC

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Checking my wine cellars lighting. Going to add two more in the center to complete the effect Im going for.

6 Comments
2020/08/26
19:40 UTC

57

Wee update on the Tudor street book nook- 5/7 buildings done, may have to add an 8th as I’m trying to avoid using a mirror in the back

4 Comments
2020/08/25
11:35 UTC

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Question about roofs and mirrors?

On the long side of my booknook (i.e., the side that will be reflected most in the mirror), I will have a roof sticking a couple of inches into the middle that goes all the way to the back. If I have the mirror at an angle, this will intersect with the roof at some point. I don't have access to a saw, so I can't angle the roof in the back corner so that it lies flush with the mirror (I would need a saw since I have some pretty solid roof tiles, I can't just cut them with an exacto knife). As it stands, I'll have an unsightly gap if I have to cut the roof short so that it's still a 90-degree angle to accommodate the tiles. Any suggestions for how to avoid this?

Here's a drawing of what I mean, problem area highlighted in red (dashed lines represent reflections:

https://imgur.com/yFMvhWf.png

3 Comments
2020/08/14
01:38 UTC

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