How to Build a Children's Castle Bookcase

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How to Build a Children's Castle Bookcase
Build a children's castle bookcase to spark their imagination. (grandfather read book with children image by Pavel Losevsky from

Build a castle-themed bookcase to stoke your children's imagination while they explore the world through books. The back of the bookcase is cut in the outline of a castle and there are shelves below the two flanking turrets. The bookcase can be decorated however you--or your children--prefer, but painting rectangular grey "stones" on the back and sides would be a natural fit.

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Things you need

  • 2 3/4-inch-thick plywood panels, 12 by 36 inches (ends)
  • 3 3/4-inch-thick plywood panels, 12 by 46 1/2 inches (shelves)
  • Box of flush trim wood screws
  • Screw gun
  • 3/4-inch-thick plywood panel, 48-by-48-inch (back)
  • Pencil
  • Straightedge
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Paint brush

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  1. 1

    Place the 3/4-by-12-by-36-inch panels parallel to each other, braced so they will stand on their narrow edge, approximately 46 ½ inches apart.

  2. 2

    Position the three 3/4-by-12-by-46 1/2-inch shelf pieces between the end panels--one at the top and bottom edges and one in the centre.

  3. 3

    Using a screw gun, drive flush trim wood screws through the outside of the end panels into the ends of the shelves. Space the screws evenly at 2-inch intervals.

  4. 4

    Place the 3/4-by-48-by-48-inch panel on a work surface. Draw 12-inch-tall castle towers on the two top corners, using a straightedge.

  5. 5

    Cut out the two towers using a jigsaw. Sand the cut edges of the panel until they are completely smooth.

  6. 6

    Place the shelf assembly on the work surface. Align the back panel so that it is flush with the outside edges of the end panels and bottom shelf, with the towers at the top.

  7. 7

    Drive flush trim wood screws through the back side of the back panel into the end panels and shelves with a screw gun. Space the screws every 3 inches.

  8. 8

    Paint the bookcase to resemble a stone castle.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use a variety of browns and greys to create a realistic-looking stone castle.
  • Wear eye protection when working on wood projects.

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