How to Build a Children's Bookrack
This bookrack is designed to let young children easily get to their favorite books. It's only 36 inches tall and attached to the wall just over the baseboard. The books are stored with their covers facing out and held in place by rows of dowels. Even children too young to read can find their favorite covers, encouraging them to select a book on their own. Maybe they'll put the book away on their own, too.
Materials and finishing
The sides of this bookcase are made of poplar, a relatively inexpensive hardwood that's durable and has a tight grain that takes paint well. Semigloss or gloss enamel paint is a durable, easy-to-clean choice for a children's room. The back is beaded board -- a 1/4-inch-thick plywood paneling with a face veneer that looks like beaded boards. You can use 1/4-inch lauan plywood if you don't like the beaded look.
An afternoon or an evening plus an hour or two for painting
Tablesaw, circular saw with straightedge jig or a mitersaw, jigsaw, palm sander or sanding block, router with 3/8-inch piloted rabbeting bit, drill with 1/8-inch bit, 1/2-inch spade bit and 3/4-inch spade bit, tape measure, framing square, chisel, C-clamp, 4-foot level, angle square, needle-nose pliers
Measuring, sawing, routing, drilling, gluing
Prepare work area, gather materials, select location for bookcase
- Extra Storage Space to Your Home
- Choosing the Right Tool for Your Built-in Project
- Choosing Shelving Materials & Hardware
- Mastering Basic Woodworking & Carpentry Skills
- Joinery: Assembling Your Project's Wooden Parts & Subassemblies
- How to Finish Wood
- Easy Shelf Projects That Look Great
- Add Extra Storage Space to Your Home