Introduction: Arched Built-In Bookcase
Our kids' room needed more storage. One wall had a lot of space with only a radiator on it. We designed a bookcase that gave plenty of storage, hid the radiator, and had a playful quality.
The bookcase is arched at the top and slopes back from the base to the top.
- 4x8 mdf. I used 2 sheets.
- Circular saw
- Jig saw
- Nail gun
Step 1: Cut Boards to Width
First, using a circular saw, I cut all of my boards to its widest width at the base.
Step 2: Kerf Cuts
I cut kerfs approximately 2/3rds into the mdf. I kept adding kerfs until the board bend easily with a smooth curve.
Step 3: Assemble Interior Shelves
Using sketchup, I measured each shelf from the wall to determine its depth. I then cut the face of the board at an 85 degree angle, so it would be flush with the perimeter as the unit sloped towards the top. I temporarily assembled parts of the unit to confirm some dimensions.
Step 4: Scribe to Molding
I cut away material at any point where it intersected the existing wall molding. This allowed the unit to sit flush with the wall.
Step 5: Assembly
I assembled and painted as I went. I started at the bottom and used a 1" spacer that was nailed to the wall. This spacer served as a template for the perimeter of the unit.
Step 6: Add Molding
I traced the molding at the installation and cut the shape to fit. I then used a router to ive the edges of the molding some added detail.
Step 7: Patch and Paint
This was a tricky install that left a few inconsistencies. I used bondo filler to smooth all transitions. The unit was then caulked, sanded, and given the final coats of paint.
Step 8: Enjoy
Add your favorite toys, dolls, and books.