Bi-plane Shelf

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About This Project


I got inspiration from your pattern, but decided to make it more realistic since my four year old grandson is a stickler for detail. Because I had scraps, the only cost for me was the propeller and wheels from a hobby store (about $8).

The body of the plane was cut from a scrap of 4X4 post; the corners were cut off at 45 degree angles to make it more rounded (sanding rounded it more). I used a dremel to carve the engine indentation. I used 5/8 inch dowels for the wing struts (only because I grabbed the wrong drill bit; you could use 1/2 inch). The wheels were attached to 2 1/2 X 4 inch pieces, which I mitered to make smaller at the bottom.

The backing was cut to fit the length of the shelf and 18 inches high. I painted the background a soft blue and then applied white for the clouds. After attaching it to the plane; I decided to add some pegs.

This is a Christmas gift for him because we are going to redo his room after the first of the year. I will be building him a loft bed from Ana's plans and adding some more airplane decor.

Required Skill Level: 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Paint and spray polyurethane


Your altered design is so professional looking. I have seen plans in a woodworking magazine that makes the bi-plane shelf very realistic, but I would never be able to build it because I don't own the tools. Yours is one any of us could build. Thanks for sharing.

Looks great! What did you use for the fuselage? I love the pegs for the coat rack!

Sooooo I just read the rest of your post and found out what the fuselage was made out of. Still looks great. Haha.