Dr. Seuss Bookshelves

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Project by cobb769 posted 01-13-2014 03:41 PM 10077 views 79 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was commissioned to make these bookshelves by a co-worker for a kid’s room. She found some pictures online to give me a general idea of what she was looking for. I debated on how to build the sides and after some trial and error (mostly error), I decided that using 1 1/2’’ pine strips worked best. That created some additonal sanding and wood filling, but was easier to work with than utilizing some type of plywood or layers of laminate. I started with a solid pine frame for the front and plywood back. Then just applied the sides 1 strip at a time with glue and brad nails on front and back. All of the shelves are removeable. Tallest shelf is 6.75’, medium 4.5’, and small is 2.75’ tall.
Thanks for looking!

-- Patrick "Pacman" Cobb, North Carolina

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#1 posted 01-13-2014 03:54 PM

That is so cool – love Seuss, we die the borders and such in my oldests room (when he was born) in Seuss.

Really like the small yellow ‘nightstand’

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#2 posted 01-13-2014 04:45 PM

They look just great. Wonderful for a kid’s room

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#3 posted 01-13-2014 05:46 PM

Very cool… Nice work… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#4 posted 01-13-2014 06:03 PM

Beautiful colourful project.Nicely shaped.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 01-13-2014 06:46 PM

Awesome! How did you do them curves? Always been curious on how much you cut and bend wood.

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#6 posted 01-13-2014 07:03 PM

dwmerch – I chose to rip 1’’ pine into 1 1/2’’ strips for the sides. Then went back over with premium wood filler. Required much less sanding than I anticipated and I was very pleased with the result. Once I primed them, I did go back over a few minor cracks and appled some paintable silicon. You can see the strips better in this pic below. The best way I found to bend wood, you would have to make a template for the curves, then use many sheets of veneer with glue between and let them set up and hold the shape.

-- Patrick "Pacman" Cobb, North Carolina

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#7 posted 01-13-2014 07:07 PM

Pretty wild…

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#8 posted 01-13-2014 07:12 PM

I love them!! Great work! Very fun to look at!!


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#9 posted 01-13-2014 07:12 PM

That is just awesome, really nice work and a totally fun project.

-- May the Lord bless you and keep you

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#10 posted 01-13-2014 07:47 PM

When I first saw I thought something was wrong and had to rub my eyes.

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#11 posted 01-13-2014 08:38 PM

Way out there Patrick. Did you attach the 1 1/2” sides to the front and back? If not how did you attach the sides? By chance did you made a video blog about your build?

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#12 posted 01-13-2014 08:47 PM

This is truly amazing! Are there more photos available?

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#13 posted 01-13-2014 08:53 PM

looks like it was a fun project…. smart thinking on the curved sides.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#14 posted 01-13-2014 09:09 PM

Thanks Cobb769. I understand completely now. The pieces are much more fathomable than bending in my present state of mind. Thanks for the pics and words of wisdom. Haf ta see about getting one of these on my little list of interestings. Thanks!
Beauty, dude!

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#15 posted 01-13-2014 09:27 PM

These are truely wild to look at. I love it. I could not imagine the look on my kids faces to see these set up in a finished out room filled up with Seuss books. Great project.

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