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Build a Castle Bookcase

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Your little prince or princess will love this castle top bookcase. It's functional too, with plenty of space for books and a storage drawer at the bottom.

Project Overview

Skill Level

Intermediate

Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost

$$$$$$

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • table saw
  • miter saw
  • jig saw
  • router with a 1/4-inch rabbeting bit
  • drill/driver with various bits and a #8 countersink bit
  • pneumatic nailer
  • Kreg Jig K4
  • power sander and various grits of sandpaper
  • framing square
  • combination square
  • compass
  • clamps
  • tape measure
  • putty knife
  • paintbrush/rags
  • pencil

Lumber

  • 3 pine boards, 1 x 12 x 6 (#983)
  • 1 pine board, 1 x 8 x 6 (#961)
  • 3 pine boards, 1 x 8 x 4 (#960)
  • 1 pine board, 1 x 6 x 4 (#949)
  • 3 pine boards, 1 x 4 x 6 (#939)
  • 1 pine board, 1 x 4 x 4 (#938)
  • 1 pine board, 1 x 3 x 6 (#933)
  • 1 pine board, 1 x 3 x 4 (#931)
  • 1 pine board, 1 x 2 x 4 (#1406)
  • 2 poplar boards, 1/4 x 6 x 4 (#1228)
  • 2 pine boards, 1/2 x 6 x 3 (#50262)
  • 2 pine boards, 1/2 x 4 x 3 (#50258)

Hardware & Supplies

  • 1 package 1 1/2-inch hinges (#308969)
  • 1 magnetic catch (#233959)
  • 1 box 4d finishing nails (#88562)
  • 1 box (1 1/4-inch) pocket hole screws, coarse thread (#205317)
  • 1 box (#18 x 1 1/14-inch) wire brads (#128126)
  • 1 box (#18 x 3/4-inch) wire brads (#58175)
  • 1 package #6 x 3/4-inch wood screws (#57226)
  • paintable wood filler (PL) (#168408)
  • wood glue (Titebond III) (#627)
  • 1 quart primer (Valspar)
  • 1 quart of paint (Valspar Signature Colors, Creative Ideas for Color, City Chic CI 51, satin)
  • 1 quart of paint (Valspar Signature Colors, Creative Ideas for Color, Dove’s Cry CI 63, satin)
  • 1 quart of paint (Valspar Signature Colors, Creative Ideas for Color, Sigh CI 254, satin) (boy’s castle top)
  • 1 quart of paint (Valspar Signature Colors, Creative Ideas for Color, Ballet Slippers CI 214, satin) (girl’s castle top)
  • 1 half-pint of paint (Valspar Signature Colors, Creative Ideas for Color, Skydive Blue CI 252, satin) (boy’s shields)
  • 1 half-pint of paint (Valspar Signature Colors, Creative Ideas for Color, Fairytale Pink CI 215, satin) (girl’s shields)
  • 1 half-pint of paint, (Valspar Ultra Premium, Dark Kettle Black 4011-2, satin)
  • 1 half-pint of paint, (Valspar Signature Colors, Creative Ideas for Color, Later Gator CI 245, satin) (vines)

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Instructions

This functional book case has plenty of shelf space for books and knick-knacks, as well as a storage drawer at the bottom. Best of all, the Book Castle can be easily modified to remove the castle top when your child’s tastes change.

Cut and label the parts as needed. Download the Project Illustrations and Cutting Diagram as guides and adjust for fit.

Build the Carcass

Step 1

Figure 1

Attach the (01) sides to the (02) top and (03) bottom using glue and pocket hole screws as shown in Figure 1. Drill three pocket holes on the inside of each end of the (01) sides.

Step 2

Following the layout in Figure 2, attach the (04) center back slats together using glue and pocket hole screws. Drill the pocket holes on the back of the slats and alternate their placement on the adjoining parts.

Step 3

Attach the (05) end back slats to the (04) center back slat assembly using glue and pocket hole screws as shown in Figure 2. Drill the pocket holes on the back of the slats and alternate their placement on the adjoining parts.

Step 4

Following the layout in Figure 3, measure and mark the arc on the bottom of the back assembly. Use a jigsaw to cut out the pattern.

Step 5

Position the carcass assembly on a flat work surface, and attach the back assembly to the carcass assembly using glue and 4d nails as shown in Figure 4.

Step 6

Position the (06) shelves as shown in Figure 5 and attach to the (01) sides and the back assembly using glue and pocket hole screws. Drill the pocket holes on the underside of the (06) shelves�three at each end and three on the face joining the back assembly.

Attach the Skirts, Trim, and Nosing

Step 1

Miter cut the ends of the (07) front skirt, test fit and adjust as necessary so the inside miters match the width of the assembly.

Step 2

Following the layout in Figure 3, measure and mark the arc on the (07) front skirt and use a jigsaw to cut out the pattern.

Step 3

Figure 6

Position the (07) front skirt flush with the top edge of the (03) bottom as shown in Figure 6, and attach using glue and 4d nails.

Step 4

Miter cut one end of the (08) end skirts, test fit and adjust as necessary to fit the assembly.

Step 5

Following the layout in Figure 7, measure and mark the arc on the (08) end skirts and use a jigsaw to cut out the pattern.

Step 6

Position the (08) end skirts flush with the (07) front skirt as shown in Figure 7, and attach using glue and 4d nails.

Step 7

Miter cut the ends of the (09) front trim, test fit, and adjust as necessary so the inside miters match the width of the assembly.

Step 8

Following the layout in Figure 8, measure and mark the arc on the (09) front trim and use a jigsaw to cut out the pattern.

Step 9

Position the (09) front trim flush with the outside edges of the (02) top and overhanging the front edge of the top 3/4-inch as shown in Figure 8. Attach using glue and 4d nails.

Step 10

Position the (10) stiles flush with the outer edges of the assembly, and attach using glue and 4d nails as shown in Figure 9.

Step 11

Position the (11) shelf nosing centered on the front of the (06) shelves, with a 3/8-inch overhang above and below the (06) shelves, and attach using glue and 4d nails as shown in Figure 10.

Step 12

Miter cut one end of the (12) end trim, test fit, and adjust as necessary to fit the assembly.

Step 13

Following the layout in Figure 11, measure and mark the arc on the (12) end trim and use a jigsaw to cut out the pattern.

Step 14

Position the (12) end trim as shown in Figure 11, and attach using glue and 4d nails.

Build and Install the Drawer

Step 1

Book Case

Use a router table and router fitted with a 1/4-inch rabbeting bit to cut a 1/4- x 1/4-inch rabbet along one edge of a 1/2 x 6.

Step 2

Cut the (13) drawer front and (14) drawer sides from the 1/2 x 6.

Step 3

Rip cut to width the (13) drawer front per the Cut List. Be sure to cut off the side without the rabbet.

Step 4

With the rabbet facing inside, position the (14) sides flush with the ends and bottom of the (13) drawer front as shown in Figure 12, and attach using glue and 3/4-inch wire brads.

Step 5

Rip cut to width the (15) drawer bottoms.

Step 6

Place the drawer assembly with the rabbet facing up. Apply a bead of glue to the rabbet.

Step 7

Position one (15) drawer bottom flush against the inside edge of the rabbet on the (13) drawer front and (14) drawer sides as shown in Figure 12.

Step 8

Attach the (15) drawer bottom to the drawer assembly using 3/4-inch wire brads.

Step 9

Apply a bead of glue along one long edge of the second (15) drawer bottom and position it with the glue edge flush against the first (15) drawer bottom and attach it to the drawer assembly using 3/4-inch wire brads.

Step 10

Attach the (16) drawer back to the drawer assembly using glue and 3/4-inch wire brads, as shown in Figure 12.

Step 11

Position the (17) drawer face centered left to right, and 11/16-inch from the bottom of the drawer assembly, and attach using glue and 3/4-inch wire brads. Drive the brads through the (13) drawer front into the (17) drawer face.

Step 12

Position the (18) drawer runners on the bottom of the drawer assembly as shown in Figure 14 so they extend beyond the bottom of the (17) drawer face by 1/16-inch, and attach using glue and 3/4-inch wire brads. Drive the brads through the (15) drawer bottoms into the (18) drawer runners.

Step 13

Position the (19) case runners as shown in Figure 14, and attach using glue and 1 1/4-inch wire brads.

Build the Castle Top

Step 1

Castle Top

Following the layouts in Figure 15, cut measure and cut the (20) short tower sides, (21) long tower sides, and (22) tower ends. Measure and mark the top openings on all the (22) tower ends and window openings on two of the (22) tower ends.

Step 2

Drill a pilot hole in the window opening marks and use a jigsaw to cut the pattern. Use a jigsaw to cut out the top openings.

Step 3

Position the (20) short tower sides and (21) long tower sides as shown in Figure 15 so the top of the parts are flush with the bottom of the top openings of the (22) tower ends, and attach to the (22) tower ends using glue and 4d nails.

Step 4

Position the last (22) tower ends flush with the edges of the (20) short tower sides and (21) long tower sides and the bottom of the (21) long tower sides, and attach using glue and 4d nails.

Step 5

Place the four tower assemblies flush with the inside edges of the corners of the top of the bookcase assembly. Measure the distance between the tower assemblies on the ends and front. These measurements are the width dimensions for the (23) side walls, and (24) front wall.

Step 6

Following the layout in Figure 16, measure and mark the window openings on the (23) side walls. Drill a pilot hole in the window opening marks and use a jigsaw to cut out the pattern.

Step 7

Position the (23) side walls flush with the outer edge of the tower assemblies as shown in Figure 16, and attach using pocket hole screws.

Step 8

Following the layouts in Figure 17, mark and cut the opening in the (24) front wall and the (25) drawbridge.

Step 9

Position the (26) catch centered and 1/2-inch from the inside top edge of the (24) front wall and attach using glue and 1 1/4-inch brads.

Step 10

Measure the distance between the two back tower assemblies. Use this measurement for the (27) back wall.

Step 11

Attach the (24) front wall and (27) back wall to the tower assemblies and (02) top using pocket hole screws.

Good to Know

Customize your book castle by changing the colors of the castle assembly and shields.

Apply Finishing Touches

Step 1

Following the templates for the (28) large shield and (29) small shield, measure, mark, and cut the parts. Drill a countersunk pilot hole in the center of the shields for the 3/4-inch screws.

Step 2

Paint the shields the desired colors.

Step 3

Fill all holes with wood filler, except for the pocket holes for the screws that attach the castle assembly to the (02) top.

Step 4

Remove the castle assembly. Sand, prime, and paint it the desired color.

Step 5

Prime and paint the (25) drawbridge. We painted the edges and back face Dove's Cry CI 63, and the front face City Chic CI 51.

Step 6

Prime and paint the remaining assembly. We painted the (02) top, inside of the case assembly, and inside of the drawer assembly Dove's Cry CI 63. We painted the outside of the case assembly and the outside and edges of the (17) drawer face City Chic CI 51.

Step 7

For the decorative brickwork, we first lightly brushed Dove's Cry CI 63 in a random pattern over the City Chic CI 51 and allowed it to dry. Then, we drew a grid pattern using a framing square as a guide and painted the lines with Dark Kettle Black 4011-2.

Step 8

The vines are painted with Later Gator CI 245. We created the leaves by dabbing the end of an artist's brush at alternating angles.

Step 9

Allow all paint to dry. Position the (28) large shields centered across the width of the end of the assembly and 4 inches below the bottom edge of the (12) end trim, and attach using 3/4-inch screws.

Good to Know

Do not glue the shields or castle assembly. As your child grows and changes his or her design style, you can remove both and have a classic and function bookcase.

Step 10

Position the (29) small shields centered across the width and 1-inch below the top edge of the (17) drawer face and (25) drawbridge, and attach using 3/4-inch screws.

Step 11

Book Castle

Reposition the castle assembly on the (02) top and reattach with pocket hole screws. Position the (25) drawbridge centered under the (24) front wall and attach to the (09) front trim with hinges and the included hardware. Attach the two parts of the magnetic catch to the (25) drawbridge and the (26) catch.