Nursery Bookcase

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Project by BinghamtonEd posted 09-30-2014 12:46 PM 1320 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 10-05-2014 01:51 AM

Great looking bookcase!!

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#2 posted 10-05-2014 02:20 AM

real nice thing to make for a friend, great little night stand.


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#3 posted 10-06-2014 12:34 PM

Thanks guys. I haven’t seen them since they got it (I didn’t even deliver it, I just loaded it in my wife’s van), but my wife has, and she said they are very happy with it. So, I’m happy with it.

I guess one of their friends really liked it, and wanted to know where they bought it. I guess that’s a good thing, as long as they weren’t expecting to hear that it was from Target.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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