Bookshelf for Kids

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Project by Brian Strothcamp posted 01-16-2012 02:07 AM 1603 views 14 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not fine furniture but a good quick project your little one will use and enjoy. Made from 1/2 MDF. There are really only 3 pieces to this thing. The shelf bottom and back are rabbited and supported on the inside with cleats which are glued into place and hold everything together (minus a few brads). There is a stretcher across the back on the bottom.

Forgot… the shelf bottom is joined into a dado cut in the back of each vertical piece.

Hope someone finds this useful. Its 32” wide and about that tall if i remember. White latex paint.

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 02:15 AM

Very nice bookshelf ,a good design and a good build too.

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 04:21 AM

I have a young grandson that would like one of these. 32W x 32H x ?D

-- Better looking at it than for it....

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#3 posted 01-16-2012 04:53 AM

OldKranky… threw some dims on my model that should help ya. The 3.13 includes a small 1/8 for the dado. The sides are 1/2 bigger than (where the shelves meet the sides), except for the bottom. I glued and clamped the “staircase” first and let dry. Then traced for the side panels. I didnt glue the shelves to the sides. I only shot a few brads to hold it in place.

Then once its all together I just cut some supports from scraps and glued 3 sides into the corners of the shelves (hidden on the inside). Few brads shot thru those blocks from the inside for added shear strength. Hope that makes sense. Its a lot stronger than I thought it would be. I could probably stand on the thing.

FYI – this model was corrected for a mistake I made on the side panels near the top. I cant remember if I made a mistake or my material just came up short… either way it still works.

Also, I painted everything before assembly and I advise a 1/4 roundover on everything. Didnt want any sharp edges on this thing.

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#4 posted 01-16-2012 06:19 AM

Nice clean build, the curves make it very attractive.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#5 posted 01-16-2012 11:37 AM

Looks good, I think I’ll do something similar for my daughters new room

-- Failure is always an option

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#6 posted 01-16-2012 02:51 PM

Thanks for the idea! We have grandchildren with tons of books in their toy room that need a nice rack like this.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#7 posted 03-09-2013 08:00 PM

Very nice! I am looking to make one just like this for my new son! Thanks for posting

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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