- The books face straight out (so you can see 'em)
- It sits flat to the wall (12"), so I can put it behind her door.
- It's sturdy enough that she could climb it (not that she should)
Here's the finished product:
I deviated from the original plans in a few places:
- No arches. I didn't want to cut them so I tell myself they didn't match her room anyway.
- Routed outside edges and rails dress it up a bit
- Taller shelves (15" instead of 12")
- Notches for her chair rail & baseboards
I'm particularly happy with how the baseboards came out, but I sort of messed one thing up: when I routed the outside edges, I didn't stop at the baseboards. The round-over goes all the way to the floor. Whoops.
This was a great project. It took me 2 days of carpentry (with the assistance of a 5-year-old), plus a day of painting. I spent about $90 on materials & a few tools that made it go smoother. I'd recommend it of you have an unused wall in your place.