Child's Bookcase

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Project by David posted 10-24-2014 02:28 PM 896 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been a long time viewer, but this project made me want to share as well. As so many projects begin…my wife asked for a bookcase for our newborn son that could also be used as a bench/coatrack from when he grew older. Pulling from many different sources, this is what I came up with.

It is made out of cherry with the exception of the drawer box and there were several new skills I needed to use on this one. The back and sides were resawn to 1/4”. The sides were glued to make a panel while the back is shiplapped. I used Mortise and tenon joinery for the case and it was my first time with dovetails on the drawer. Using a PC jig made this very easy, that is once I learned you MUST use the PC router bit.

As a coat rack, the hooks use the shelf pins and just slide up and out.

The last two photos show the final setup for how we currently use it, and the last one shows my son enjoying it. Actually I think he’s enjoying the Bumble Bee Pillow more than the bookcase, but oh well. In truth, I think capturing the final photo was more difficult than building the bookcase!

Thanks for looking.

-- David, Virginia

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#1 posted 10-24-2014 05:20 PM

Very nicely done. I like it a lot.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#2 posted 10-24-2014 06:20 PM

Looks very nice.
One thing that does make me twitchy is that you hear about dressers falling on top of small childred when the pull out the bottom drawer and stand on it to reach something on the top… “the Very Hungry Catipillar” pillow on top of yours. This design is kind of inviting this accident to happen. He still looks pretty small right now but it is something to consider in the futrue. Although it isn’t very tall and doesn’t look top-heavy, perhaps you will want to screw or strap it to the wall for peace of mind. Just throwing that out there.

PS: Love the drawer dovetails. The contrasting colors of wood really show them off very nicely.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 10-25-2014 01:11 AM

Looks great Dave, job well done. Your wife and son look happy to have it, very nice to see that.

-- Jeff, eastern Iowa

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#4 posted 10-25-2014 01:33 AM

Thanks everyone.

Mike, We were a little concerned about that, but decided it was worth the risk. It’s pretty heavy on the bottom, but we may also “strap” it to the wall. Thanks for the suggestion.

-- David, Virginia

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#5 posted 10-25-2014 10:41 AM

Hi David,
I think you will see the competition between your son and your dog – they both will like this bookcase as a nice place to sleep.

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