Granddaughters Wall Hanging Bookcase

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Project by pappyjohn posted 04-22-2008 03:17 AM 10101 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All, Here’s a picture of a wall hanging bookcase I had made for my Granddaughter on Christmas of 07. Thing was all she wanted from Grandpap was a Hug and a Bookcase as her Christmas present. Well you all know how can you turn down that logic. So of to the Basement shop I went, I skectched out some dimensions ( 7 1/2, 48 w, 38 h ), after reading some of your projects I’ve found out that theirs some type of formula dealing with proportions, Never used it, have just found out about it, maybe someday I’ll give it a try. Went to my pine supply and got some boards out, Started up the table saw and cut the boards to length. The hardest part was painting the boards, Samantha wanted a white bookcase. Well I had to do it, Even though it was only pine, not stain but paint. I got the 3 coats of gloss white on it. Oh, almost forgot, behind the top facer, there’s a 4 1/4 shelf for her to hide her diary and notes, but don’t tell that’s our secret.

Well when we showed up at the son’s house on X-mas morning, I got Samantha to go outside with me to the Explorer. I had told her I needed her too help get some x-mas cookies and pies and bring them in. Boy, was she suprised and we took it right into her bedroom and hung it above the head of her bed. She got her Hug and her bookcase. She didn’t care about the other kids present, She was totally one happy girl. Doesn’t take much to make the children happy, all they need is LOVE, and a special surprise once in awhile.

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#1 posted 04-22-2008 03:22 AM

Great present for grandma John, sounds like you enjoy a get togrther as we do down under.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 04-22-2008 09:53 AM

Awesome present John … those are the kind of presents that you never forget!

-- Lip's Dysfuncational Firewood Farm, South Bend, IN

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#3 posted 04-22-2008 11:53 AM


This is a nice bookcase. I agree with you about the paint but it is wonderful how quickly these guys learn that they can get almost anything they want from us with a simple hug and a kiss.

This is a nice post and an even nicer story behind it. Thanks for sharing.

By the way I like the addition of the hidden shelf. That was a nice touch.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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