Rocket Bookcase

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Project by RaggedKerf posted 06-05-2014 02:52 PM 1935 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished the rocket bookcase for my son (the thing comes in at around 5.5 feet tall)! I started this project back in August of 2013 and then threw my back out. I couldn’t really return to work on it until December, right when the Polar Vortex hit. Which meant that my shop was frozen shut until last month.

At any rate, I finally finished it!

It’s made of pine with a plywood back. I used pocket screws and glue to hold everything together, then coated with Behr Ultra Premium plus white paint and primer in one, followed by detailing black paint (just Behr flat black sample paint from the Borg) and a top coat (or six) of shellac.

I created a custom wooden hing for the main toy hatch, to try and make it look like something on a real rocket and after a lot of work, my son LOVES it (third picture, above). So, I say mission accomplished!

For all the gory details, you can see the construction progress on my LJ blog here.

There’s more photos on my wordpress blog, here.

As always, thanks for looking!

-- Steve

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#1 posted 06-05-2014 03:02 PM

Wow Steve that’s a very creative and fun book shelf.super neat.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#2 posted 06-05-2014 03:41 PM

This is a really cool project! And a great blog too. Way to go dad. May have to build one in a few years when my boy is older

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#3 posted 06-05-2014 06:57 PM

Son has got to love it. To infinity and beyond!

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#4 posted 06-06-2014 11:56 AM

That is pretty cool. My boys would really like to have one.

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#5 posted 06-06-2014 01:19 PM

thats a fantastic book case! I am curious about the experience you had putting the shellac over the top of the white paint. Shellac has a very amber tone and I would think that it would really discolor the paint, which doesnt seem to be the case in the picture you posted, but I thought I should ask in case there was something I dont know about.

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#6 posted 06-06-2014 02:06 PM

Very cool. Would have loved that when I was a kid!

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#7 posted 06-06-2014 04:12 PM

Thanks everyone! My son is pretty crazy over it. So far, he’s more interested in playing with it than putting books on it LOL

Matt: I forgot to mention the shellac was the aerosol version, labeled as clear. It imparts just the barest hint of color. For the most part, you can’t really tell at all. So far, it’s added a nice little layer of protection to the paint. Anything to make it look new a little longer. My 5 year old will tear it up soon enough…

-- Steve

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#8 posted 06-06-2014 06:28 PM

Very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 06-19-2014 06:53 PM

That’s really cool!

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#10 posted 06-19-2014 06:59 PM

What a great memory maker. Love it.

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