[Castle Bookcase] First Cuts

Today, I transferred all my measurements from the plans to the 1/2″ ACX plywood (4’x4′ sheets) I bought last week.  Whipped out the Versacut and sliced and diced till i had the sides, top,  bottom shelf, main shelf inner support and toy front cut out.  

I also decided to lose the lop shelf and shrink the height from 42″ to 36″ to better fit the space i have to work with in Kylie’s room.  Also decided to cut down the large book space (20″ is way too big) and add a door for her to have a little secret compartment.   Should be fun.

I love changing designs on the fly!

Sketched out the design  for little flowers to be cut out on sides of toy storage compartment front to add a little pzazz to the front.   Basically, I’m going to drill a hole for the center of the flower, then use the drill and a jig saw to cut out petals and stems and leaves.  Should leave a scrollsaw-esque stencil pattern of a flower.  I want it to be see through and this wood is way to big to go through the scrollsaw so I’m going to improvise.   Also, I will buy cut-out letters at Michael’s to spell her name.

Then I took the sides, shelves, top, and bottom and used the Kreg to drill pocket holes.


After clean up time spent in the shop was 1.5 hours.


About Marcus Richardson

Marcus attended the University of Delaware and later graduated from law school at the age of 26. Since then, he has at times been employed (or not) as: a stock boy, a cashier, a department manager at a home furnishing store, an assistant manager at and arts and crafts store, an unemployed handyman, husband, cook, groundskeeper, spider killer extraordinaire, stay at home dad, and a writer.
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