Kids Bookcase

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Project by DBuonomano posted 03-01-2013 04:03 AM 859 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this bookshelf for my 2 year old twin girls. The top, bottom and sides are all made from poplar. The back and shelves are birch plywood. I shaped the sides to help form the curve at the front corners, It was my first attempt at something like that. I learned a lot (mostly through trial and error) but I think it came out pretty nice. It’s designed to look like the rest of their bedroom furniture and it matches really well. The girls seem to like it so I accomplished my goal!

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#1 posted 03-01-2013 01:13 PM

Very nicely done!

-- Bob from Odessa, DE

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#2 posted 03-01-2013 01:44 PM

Great job!! Like the design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 03-01-2013 01:56 PM

Nice clean bookcase and I’ll bet that they really appreciate it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 03-01-2013 02:01 PM

Thanks for the feedback! They have a great time playing with it; filling it up with everything they can find then emptying it and starting over again… That’s why the whole case is securely fastened to a stud in the wall!

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#5 posted 03-01-2013 03:40 PM

The round corners really make the piece. I usually try to stay away from adding design elements to my build because of the work involved, but you proved it is worth it in the end.

-- Chris K

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#6 posted 03-01-2013 05:27 PM

“so I accomplished my goal”

I’d say heck yeah you did! That’s sure to be around for many years. And you’ll probably hafta build another because as they get older, they’ll be fighting over who gets to keep it!

Great job Dad!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#7 posted 03-01-2013 09:22 PM

Thanks for the comments! My first project to make it into the Top 15, woo hoo!

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#8 posted 03-03-2013 03:54 AM

That looks great! If it weren’t white, I’d match my daughter’s furniture perfectly.

How did you get the cove molding to bend around those rounded corners?

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#9 posted 03-04-2013 02:43 PM

Great idea on the rounded corners, so kid-friendly. Great work on the fantastic book case!

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#10 posted 03-04-2013 03:02 PM

supercubber – Thanks for the comment, the cove molding doesn’t wrap around. I made a copy of the top, reduced by 1/4” in all directions. Then I used a cove router bit with a bearing to trace the edge and give it the profile. Then it just got screwed into the top from the underside. The top has a small ogee profile and a round-over edge on the underside of the top. Stacking the two pieces gives it a nice thicker profile overall.

Fishinbo - Thanks, when I built this my daughters were only about 6 months old and finding every sharp corner in the house, so the rounded over corners just came about as a necessity. Overall, I like the design a lot better than just standard straight edges and sharp corners.

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#11 posted 03-05-2013 05:20 AM

Duh (slapping my forehead), thanks. That makes a lot more sense!

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