Child's Bookcase

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Project by MrFid posted 05-14-2013 06:54 PM 2992 views 14 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all!

Thanks for viewing. This is a child’s bookcase that can hold books face out. This helps little children (like mine) identify books by their cover, rather than by their spines. The capacity of the case is a bit smaller than a normal-style bookcase, but I am okay with that.

The wood is red oak that I glued together to make the end panels. This was the best glue up of a panel I have ever had. Perhaps non-coincidentally, it was the first one that I used clamping cauls for. Man, do they help! Other than one small part at the bottom, which I don’t have a picture of right now, you can’t tell that there’s even a glue line. I spent a while agonizing over grain matching my boards to achieve this look. The second picture shows it best I guess.

The dimensions are as follows: Height 29”, width 33.5”, depth 14”. Full disclosure: I saw a case very similar to this on LJ about a month ago or so, and I owe someone a shout out for the dimensions (I may have changed them slightly, but they’re pretty close). If I have you to thank for the rough design, please let me know. I think the one I saw was made of MDF.

The curves for the faces (there are 5) were done using a pattern bit on my router table using the first one I made as a template. I don’t have a bandsaw, but I roughed the curve out with my jigsaw (in a curve that was pleasing to me, as TMac would say), then cleaned it up with a roundover bit. Sides were rounded over too as this will be in a child’s room. No sharp edges at all. All the pieces were assembled using Kreg pocket-hole joinery. Didn’t want to spend forever on it carving out mortises and tenons. I’ll post a pic of the back view at some point (remind me if I forget).

I am taking suggestions for a finish in the comments section. My thought was BLO then shellac then paste wax. This is my first project with red oak though, so if that will be messy someone let me know. I am trying not to change the color of the wood with the finish too much.

Thanks for looking! Any questions, comments, suggestions, or criticisms are welcomed as always.


-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#1 posted 05-14-2013 10:12 PM

Fantastic bookcase. I think keeping the natural color is a great idea, maybe go with a simple clear poly finish. Anyway, great job!

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#2 posted 05-14-2013 11:06 PM

very nice,great build.

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#3 posted 05-15-2013 02:20 AM

Very nice!

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#4 posted 05-15-2013 11:58 AM

Thanks for looking! If I use poly instead of shellac, do I use BLO underneath? Never mixed those two before.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#5 posted 05-15-2013 11:59 AM

Unusual but nice. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 09-30-2014 07:01 PM

It was my plans you used ;) cool to see someone build something I dreamed up! Great Job… kinda easy wasn’t it? lol

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