|Project by BinghamtonEd||posted 09-30-2014 12:46 PM||938 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
This is a bookcase that I built for friends of ours who just had their second child a couple weeks ago. They were on a budget like us, and they were looking at the disposable particle board junk from Target/Wally World. Those cases run $30-$40. For $40, I got a half sheet of 3/4” ply and 1/4 sheet of 1/4” ply, and made them something a little nicer (I think). I originally was just going to do construction, and they would paint it, but, the baby came a bit early. Having a 2 year old and a 4 month old of my own, I know how hectic the first weeks are, and I had paint leftover from my daughter’s bed, so I ended up painting it.
I used 3/4” plywood from HD. The shelves are dado’d into the sides, the case top rabbeted, and the finished top itself is screwed/glued to the top of the case. Shelf and top edging, and faceframe, are made from cherry scraps. Trim was pre-made stuff from HD to save time & cherry.
Paint was Behr interior acrylic enamel that I had left over. It was my first experience using floetrol, and I’m sold, the brush marks all leveled out really well. When the paint was cured I put 2 coats of paste wax over everything. It didn’t change the sheen as far as I can tell, and in my experience, it just makes crayon, smoothie, dirt, and whatever else a kid gets on it, clean off easier.
-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.