Rocket Bookcase

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Rocket Bookcase

Blast off with this rocket bookcase! An easy project that any mom (or dad) can make to be an out of this world hit for their little ones. Features four roomy shelves and a top display shelf, optional rocket flares and mods for space port holes. Special thanks to Jennifer for sharing her photos.


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Author Notes: 

Shopping List: 

3 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x8 @ 4 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 17" Long
1/4" plywood, full sheet

2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

Cut all boards as directed above. Use 2″ nails and glue unless otherwise directed. Always nail into and from all neighboring boards at all possible angles to increase strength to the bookcase. Also shown are optional 3″ port holes cut out of the sides.

62" Tall x 33" wide x 12" deep
Cut List: 

A) 2 – 1×12 @ 51 1/2″ (Sides)
B) 4 – 1×12 @ 16 1/2″ (Shelves)
C) 2 – 1×8 @ 18″ (Rocket Fins)
D) 1 – 1×4 @ 16 1/2″ (Footer)
E) 1 – 1×12 @ 19 1/2″ Long Point to Long Point, Top Shelf (Mitered down at 45degress to make the short point to short point measurement 18″)
F) 2 – 1×12 @ 15″ (Longest Side, Angled Top Pieces)
G) 1/4″ Plywood Cut 18″ wide x 61 1/4″ Tall, sides mitered off

Step 1: 

Attach the shelves, B, to the sides, A, as shown above.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Cut the rocket fins out of the 1×8 as shown above. Fasten from the inside of the bookcase. Make sure the bottoms are flush.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Fasten the footer, D, as shown above. The footer above is shown cut out to represent flames from the blast-off. If you are going to cut out your footer, pay attention to the length of your nails and where you place the nails so the nails do not show when you cut out the footer.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Fasten the top piece, E, as shown above, leaving a 3/4″ overhang on the ends. Keep front and back edges flush.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Now fastend the top angled pieces, F, as shown above. Nail to board E and also nail at the very top, securing the seperate boards F together.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Now fastend the top angled pieces, F, as shown above. Nail to board E and also nail at the very top, securing the seperate boards F together.

Estimated Cost: 
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I just found your blog (through the shabby nest) And I just have to tell you that you're stuff is awesome! I am still hesitant around the power tools, but seeing your work has inspired me to get over it and make some furniture!

This is FANTASTIC!! My 3 1/2 year old son really wants a space & robot themed bedroom... THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS!!! I'm so excited to make this for him!

I must make this. My 2 year old has a space room. We painted his walls and ceiling with a space mural. He currently has an old black blah shelf in there. This will be perfect. Now I have to go wrestle up some tools somewhere....

My 5yo wanted to start his own little action figure collection. Glad I came across this project (my first Anna white project). With all of the action figures my son gets, I might just have to build a second one.