PLAN: The Dollhouse Bookcase, Knock-Off of Pottery Barn Kids

By asenathh

If you’ve got a good miter saw, you can make this bookcase in no time.  I have always loved this simple design.  I think Pottery Barn Kids does it best – there are lots of dollhouse bookcases, but few are this large and simple. 

I will be building this as a gift for my niece.  I can’t wait to see the dollhouse bookcase filled with pretty blankets, baskets, books and toys. 

Here is a rendering of the plans:
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Cut List
A) 2 – 1×12 @ 38 1/2″ (top edge cut off at 30 degree angle)
B) 2 – 1×12 @ 12″ (Bottom Vertical Dividers)
C) 3 – 1×12 @ 42″ (Shelves)
D) 1 – 1×12 @ 17 1/2″ (Top Vertical Divider, top edge mitered down at 30 degree angle)
E) 2 – 1×4 @ 12 1/4″ (Side Footer)
F) 1 – 1×4 @ 45″ (Front Footer)
G) 2 – 1×12 @ 27 1/2″ (Top Edge Mitered down at 30 degrees)
Trim for Windows and Doors
H) 6 – 1×2 @ 4″
I) 4 – 1×2 @ 4 3/4″
J) 4 – 1×2 @ 10 1/4″
1/4″ plywood cut 45″ wide x 51 1/2″ high, cut in a house shape with the vertical ends at 38 1/2″  (measure for exact fit)
1.  Start by cutting all the boards as directed above.  Review the diagrams to see how the angles are cut.  Unless otherwise directed, use 2″ nails and glue on all joints. 
Use the above diagram to help guide you.  Please note that the measurements are close approximations and the miter saw will cut the exact angle for you.
2.  From Boards A, cut the window holes out as shown above.
3.  First build the window and door frames as shown above, using 1 1/2″ nails.  Then center the frames on the openings cut in step 2 and nail the frames into the openings.  If you are painting the frames different colors, you may wish to paint and finish the bookshelf and the frames seperately, and then fasten the frames to the bookshelf.
4.  Once the sides, A, are complete, begin working on the center.  First nail boards B and C together, as shown above.  Then fasten D to the top shelf.  Once B, C, and D are completed, nail the sides A on.
5. Use the 1 1/2″ nails to fasten the side footer, E, to the sides, A, as shown above.
6.  Now fasten the front footer, F, to the front of the bookshelf as shown above.
7.  Fasten the top as shown above.  Make sure you nail from each of the top pieces into the opposite top piece at the top of the gable end. 
8.  Cut and add the plywood to the back, using glue and 1 1/2″ nails.
9.  Fill nail holes with wood putty and sand and finish as desired.

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