First Doll House Bookcase

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Project by EWJSMITH posted 04-03-2008 03:47 AM 1602 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a project from 2 years ago. My daughter saw a dollhouse book case at a local store and wanted one. However, I just couldn’t bring myself to spend almost $260 on a bookcase that I new could have easily been built for a fraction of the cost. So this is the result. It’s the first bookcase I ever built so I wasn’t too ambitious – no dado joinery (shelves are held up with pins), no fancy trim or edge treatment, simple white paint finish with some painted accents. The “windows” I cut in the side were done with my jig saw (didn’t have a plunge router at the time) so they are not the smoothest. To cover the jagged edges from the jigsaw cuts, I used the wide craft sticks (tongue depressors :-)) to frame out the windows. Looked ok. Since then I’ve learned to do so much more and know that I could build this so much better – at least in my opinion. However, when I suggested to my 4 year old that I build her a new bookcase she didn’t want to hear it – she loved her bookcase and didn’t want a new one. That’s when I knew I had done something right.

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#1 posted 04-03-2008 05:12 AM

Simply adoriable! I have a 2 year old grand daughter that I need to build one of these for. My wife is the artist of the family, so there should be no problem with the art work. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#2 posted 04-03-2008 11:08 AM

That is nice. I am sure the little princess is very happy with it.

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#3 posted 04-03-2008 11:46 AM

This is a nice bookcase. And a nicer story behind it. From you description you have a satisfied customer. Instead of replacing this how about making her something else for her room as well?

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 04-03-2008 07:03 PM

That’s pretty cool! I think I’ll have to make one for my daughter.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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