Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Doggie Bookcase

So I was thinking more about that scroll saw wasting away in the shed and thought I should do something with it. But what?? Well after some research I saw this super cute Elephant Bookcase on Design Public. I wondered if I could make something like it with the scroll saw for Con-Man.
I don't know if Con-Man likes Elephants or not, but I know he loves Gracie, she's a dog, so maybe he likes dogs? After some thought I though a wiener dog might make cute bookcase.


If you think you'd like to make one of your own you'll need:


1 piece of Pine Board 7" tall (Try to look at a few and find one that is not warped and has few knots)
A scroll saw or jig saw with a fine blade
Wood Glue
Sand Paper
Paint and Pencil


 I sketched an image of a wiener dog to the size I needed- approximately 7" tall by 12" long. Then I traced out the shape on a piece of wood. (Download the Dog Templates to trace here: Dog Bookcase Templates )


My saw can't handle wood much larger than 1" so I traced the dog template 3 times then cut each out with the saw.




Once I had my 3 shaped cut out I glued them together with the wood glue and set it under some heavy books overnight to dry.

Ta da! I then sanded it down with the attachment on the saw to smooth out the edges. (It didn't dry perfectly straight and since its my first time using a scroll saw I had some jaggedy edges..) If you don't have a power sander sanding by hand will work just fine but may take a little longer.

Using some leftover paint I painted and sealed the bookcase. Check out the finished product in Con-Man's room:




The wood was only $5 and this didn't take a incredibly long time, I just had to spread it out over a couple of days because of work and taking care of Con-Man. And getting the hang of the scroll saw wasn't that bad either. You can tell which was my first and last cut out. It might be fun to try some other shapes- a dinosaur, snail, strawberry. I'd love to see what other people come up with!

24 comments:

The DougFish said...

Wow Rachelle. You should open an etsy shop. Seriously. I'll make the first purchase too!

Mal Pal said...

Really looks great. Pretty good for your first time using a scroll saw. Not as easy as it looks. All those curves. Con is going to love it.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

What an adorable idea! Love how one can simply cut whatever they desire to create this. Wonderful for themed rooms!

Thanks for linking up to SNS!
FJ Donna
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

Stephanie Lynn said...

This is so cute! Love it! You did a fabulous job - simply adorable! Love the color too! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

Darling! I can imagine a whole bunch of different styles of book cases! I will feature this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

Meredith said...

The cutest project I've seen in a while. I am totally enamored by the green pooch. Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower; I can't wait to see another craft from you.

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vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

This is awesome. I've seen the expensive ones--yours is just as cute, if not cuter!

alicia said...

I would love for someone sell me one of these.

Janna said...

Nice Job! My daughter would love one.

mallorymurray said...

That is so sweet! It goes so well in his room, too - I love it!

Coloradolady said...

Adorable...I want one!

JHill said...

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

Randi said...

That's adorable ... love the shape and color!

Abigail Prescott said...

Great idea -- and super cute!

black and white {side by side} said...

i second the comment about opening an etsy shop! i want one!!! :)

The Design Confidential said...

this is adorable! kind of along the lines of my roller animals only for older kids, genius work dear! actually this would be adorable in a baby's room too...just genius! love it!

Larissa said...

This is super cute. Love the idea, love the green...just LOVE it.

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Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Love your project and your header!

Bookmarking this one...

:)

Becca said...

I love this idea! My husband has so many saws, I hope he has the right kind to make this. Our first baby is due in May, and we have a pet wiener dog, so this would be perfect for the nursery. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm here from CSI.

Jane said...

That is so crazy great! LOVE it!

Amanda said...

I featured this today at Today's Top 20!

Amanda
www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

Katie said...

This is soooo cute! I love this idea! I'll keep this one stored in the bank!! Awesome job!

radn@HouseonAshwelllane said...

adorable!

Lolly Jane said...

Holy smokes that is CUTE! We would ♥ for you to show this off at our link party ;)

Lolly Jane
lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com