quick win - Lego Saturn V shelves

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Project by jamsomito posted 04-20-2018 09:42 PM 2446 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this Lego Saturn V with my 3yo boy and my pops, it was a memorable experience. And the model is super awesome. I was having a tough time with some joinery in another project I’m working on and just needed a quick win so I took a break and cranked these out in a few days.

The shelves are reclaimed oak from an old entertainment center – just shaved off the old finish on the table saw, cut to length, width, and height, then mitered. I pre-finished by taping off the miters then came back and glued the joints and shot a single brad nail in each. The “panel” is just from a sheet of acrylic I had laying around and cut on the table saw.

I couldn’t decide between Golden Oak and Ipswich Pine for a stain – went with the latter since the color appeared more saturated and my trimwork in here is really orange-y. Came out pretty close, maybe a little more brown than everything else, but I’m happy with it. Finished with only 2 coats of wipe-on poly because my house is cold and I was impatient!

After I assembled everything I used finishing screws – 2 into the cabinets and 1 into a drywall anchor. I checked the depth for the pocket door and it clears no problem.

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#1 posted 04-20-2018 09:49 PM

Very nice project! Quite an interesting way to display such an impressive model.

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#2 posted 04-21-2018 01:11 AM

That is pretty cool

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 04-21-2018 01:13 AM

Great idea, very cool looking!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 04-21-2018 07:26 AM

Omg,I love lego,this is awesome! Can’t wait that my son grow up so I can make some project like this :) Btw,that star wars ship looks HUGE ! :D

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#5 posted 04-21-2018 11:18 AM

very kewl the rocket and the way you have displayed it …GREAT JOB :<))

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#6 posted 04-21-2018 05:14 PM

Nice Lego model, built with family, and an ingenious design to show!
Nice work!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 04-21-2018 07:54 PM

lol, guys, this is not worth top 3 of the day. The model is awesome; the shelves are simple and amateur. There are so many other, better projects on here right now.

Thanks though!

Now to figure out what to do with the extra one I made…

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