Princess Castle Bookcase

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Project by RaggedKerf posted 08-06-2013 01:50 PM 7082 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have spent the last few months making the biggest, most complicated project I’ve ever tackled: a castle shaped bookcase for my daughter. It’s 42” high and 38” wide (excluding the turrets) and incorporates pocket-hole joinery and used used just about every tool in my shop lol.

First pic is the castle itself, installed in my daughter’s room. Second pic is my daughter (2) sorting her “lie-berry” and my son (4) inspecting dad’s joinery (lol). Third pic is a detail of one of the turrets, showing the doorway I cut into the Sonotube, the crenelations on top and the paint scheme I added to give it some pop. Fourth pic is a close up of the drawbridge (that pale square near the edge is some masking tape covering the magnet clasp to make it easier for my daughter to open. When she gets stronger, I will remove it. There’s lots more pics of the project on my blog .

I primed and painted it followed by about 3 layers of clear shellac, then buffed with a brown paper bag to a nice smooth yet not overly glossy finish.

In all it took about 41 hours to complete. If you’d like to the extensive blog where I recorded the day to day progress with lots of pictures, click here to see it from the beginning.

I think I’m most pleased with the drawbridge and how well the turrets came out. I was going to attempt to make them like a barrel with staves…then the idea of using hardboard and bending it around a form hit me…then I settled on a last minute idea to use a Sonotube! Sure glad I did that. They look great and it was pretty easy stuff to work with! Will definitely use Sonotubes again.

Anyway, my daughter loves it, my wife is very proud of me and my son is begging for a rocket one (which I started yesterday after an enthusiastic approval from the CFO lol).

-- Steve

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 02:53 PM

What a cool Idea, Nicely done

-- Chad, Gilbert AZ and

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 06:59 PM

Both unique in design and functional as well. Excellent job!

-- John, Illinois,

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#3 posted 08-06-2013 09:18 PM

I love it..nice work

-- Jay from NH......

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#4 posted 08-06-2013 10:33 PM

awesome build,great work and design!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 08-07-2013 12:33 AM

Better not show this picture to my granddaughters. Great job man.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 08-07-2013 12:44 AM

Thanks guys! This thing was a real hoot to build and I learned a ton of skills. Going to make my son’s a lot easier to construct!

-- Steve

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#7 posted 08-07-2013 06:33 AM

What a great little castle for Kylie…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#8 posted 08-07-2013 01:29 PM

That is real cute. I’m glad your son is now the quality control manager.

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#9 posted 08-07-2013 01:33 PM

That is really quaint and quite an eye catcher. I’m sure that she is pleased. Way to go, Dad.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 08-08-2013 04:27 PM


I have been making the dollhouse bookcases for my great-nieces but may have to try this style. Does the `box’ with her name pull out or is it fixed?

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#11 posted 08-08-2013 09:52 PM

The part with her name is fixed in place with pocket hole screws and glue. I used a jigsaw to cut the flowers and glued letters to make the name. I thought about making it a pull out drawer front, but seeing how much she loves using it to hide stuffed animals from her brother, I’m happy with the result.

-- Steve

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#12 posted 08-09-2013 03:59 PM

Very beautiful and functional bookcase! Great design and build, has a lot of cool features. I’m sure she enjoys it a lot. Great work!

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