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My first project is a shameless rip-off.

I was shopping for children's bookcases and came across an elephant-shaped one. I felt this presented a good excuse to buy a jigsaw and try my own version. I made a sketch from a reference image of an African elephant and designed it in Adobe Illustrator.

It is made from 18mm plywood and stands about 750mm (h) × 1000mm (w) × 250mm (d). The idea behind the interlocking panels was to add strength, as I expect that it will eventually be climbed on by one of my offspring. Well, that and the fact that it seemed more interesting to design and make it that way. I made sure that the panels interlocked quite tightly and then glued and screwed, so it's pretty sturdy.

I attached it to the wall by screwing a decking screw into a stud and cutting a kind of keyhole shape (what do you call that?) so that it can be lifted on and off, but cannot be pulled over to squash an infant. If any infants are going to be squashed in my house, I want to make sure that it is not due to my poor workmanship.

I gave it to my daughter for her first birthday. She pulled herself up on it, threw several books on the floor and then crawled off. Which means she thinks it's fantastic, I assume.

Edit (July 2020):
I'm adding links to PDFs of Elephant Bookcase and Elephant Bookcase Simplified on Dropbox. This is the closest I have to actual plans.

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Great project!!! You did a nice job with your new jigsaw money well spent. Welcome to LJ.
 

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Projects like this are fun because they are so creative. I love it!
 

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I would also rather squash infants on purpose, myself. But seriously, I like it. It's a good idea and you designed it yourself. It actually looks good, too. I'm sure the rugrats will love it. Attaching it to the wall is a good idea, too, I know they'll climb it.
 

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Your creative juices and your protective instincts are very apparent in this build. She is going to cherish this for years to come.
 

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Pretty cool looking bookshelf. Based on her reaction it sound like she indeed does like it.

Welcome to LumberJocks.

CtL
 

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A way kool shelf for kids books and maybe a knick-knack or 2. Super nice, and bright.
 

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Hi, I love the elephant wall unit. Would you happen to have basic plans or instructions? I'd love to make one. Thank you
 

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Hi, I love the elephant wall unit. Would you happen to have basic plans or instructions? I d love to make one. Thank you

- ohouse
Hi ohouse,

I just sent you a message with a link to a PDF which includes a basic cutlist and progress photos. Please check your inbox.
 

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Hi, very interested in your elephant children's bookcase.Would you please send me the plans/basic instructions in PDF to make this for my granddaughter
Thank you
 

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Hi, very interested in your elephant children s bookcase.Would you please send me the plans/basic instructions in PDF to make this for my granddaughter
Thank you

- OumaErna
Hi OumaErna,

I just sent you a message with a link to two PDFs which include a basic parts diagram and progress photos, as well as a simplified version of the same project. Please check your inbox.
 

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All these new requests. Is this that plan guy Ted scraping for more designs? Check those post counts!
 

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Can I jump on this bandwagon too and ask for your plans?

- Mgmiranda
Hi Mgmiranda,

I've edited the project description to include links to PDF plans.
 

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All these new requests. Is this that plan guy Ted scraping for more designs? Check those post counts!

- Dark_Lightning
Haha. You've got to admire Ted's determination I guess. I'm not sure my "plans" will meet his standards, if he has any.

I'm assuming they're real people who have found it on Pinterest or something, but it is funny to see the interest after all these years. Self-isolation DIY projects, maybe?
 
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