[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 Steven M. Vaught

A native son of Delaware, now living in Illinois, Steven is a writer, family historian, amateur astronomer, sometimes-gardener, woodworker, father to three wonderful children, husband to a wonderful wife, and caretaker of one cheeky vizsla.
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