Children's Bookcase

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Project by AdamNeri posted 08-04-2011 06:19 PM 985 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After having kids, we quickly realized how books can take over a room. After we could no longer fit anymore on our end tables, I decided to build a children’s bookcase for my daughter. I used birch ply for the case and poplar for the face frame and top. The top is edge glued and secured with pocket screws, and the face frame is assembled with pocket screws and attached with glue and biscuits. The back is in the dado’d sides. The shelves are also in dados.

I used General Finishes Gel Stain (Java) to finish. I was worried about the blotchiness of poplar and this stuff really delivered. I would definitely recommend it and would use it again. My camera tends to have a fish eye lens effect, which bows all of the straight lines, but the case is indeed straight. This project turned out as good as I could have hoped, accepting my limited skill and gear, and was a lot of fun as well. Soon, I will be making a companion piece for toy storage in the playroom.

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#1 posted 08-08-2011 11:17 PM

Very nice and a great size for kids. Looks like it was made by an old pro. Lookig forward to seeing the toy storage.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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#2 posted 04-18-2012 02:10 PM

Awesome Project! I just picked up a unit of FAS Poplar for 0.05 a BF being using it for paint projects, and stuff around the shop because I was worried about blotchy and staining it. Did you do a washcoat first with shellac? How many coats of stain did you use?

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