This budget-friendly triceratops bookshelf is easily assembled and is made from a single sheet of plywood, which costs less than $50.
Simply cut out the components, slot together and paint in a cheery colour, then it’s ready for action in your kid’s room.
Gather your supplies
2400 x 1200 x 12mm CD plywood
1. When marking and cutting the plywood components, ensure the smooth face is upward.
2. All joints are glued and screwed unless otherwise directed.
3. Check components against each other before cutting to size.
- Step 1: Enlarge Dinosaur Bookcase Components Diagrams and mark out on plywood. Also, mark on set-out lines (shown as broken lines) and eye from
Item D Diagram onto body (D). Cut out shapes with a jigsaw fitted with a scroll blade and label each, so they’re easily located at the assembly stage. Mark, but do not cut out, the bottom notch on front leg (E) and back leg (F) at this stage.
- Step 2: Drill a hole at each corner of eye shape in body (D). Insert jigsaw and cut out shape to create eye hole.
- Step 3: Mark a 20° angle on upper horn (B), along short edge that meets frill (A). Clamp upper horn to workbench and cut angle with a jigsaw. Sand edges lightly to give a smooth finish.
- Step 4: Position upper horn and nose horn (C) on frill, using set-out lines on the body as a guide. Predrill, then glue and drive in 2 evenly spaced screws for both upper and nose horn to create horn assembly. The upper horn requires screws to be driven in at a matching angle. Keep a damp cloth handy so you can wipe away any runs of glue.
- Step 5: Predrill 3 evenly spaced pilot holes for each upper horn, nose horn and frill on set-out lines on body. Predrill, then glue and drive in screws into horn assembly to secure on body.
- Step 6: Predrill 5 evenly spaced pilot holes to affix bottom shelf (J) to body. Position bottom shelf on set-out lines on body. Check it’s square. Affix from underside as in Step 5.
- Step 7: Repeat Step 6 and drive in 3 screws to affix top shelf (H) and 5 screws into middle shelf (I). Also predrill and drive a screw through frill into middle shelf.
- Step 8: Cut lower 12mm-wide notch to 30mm deep, to create front leg (E). Position front leg on set-out lines on body and into notches on middle and bottom shelves. Apply glue at all connections, tapping into position with a scrap of wood between hammer and component. Predrill and drive 1 screw where front leg connects at body and at bottom shelf.
- Step 9: Cut lower 12mm-wide notch to 45mm-deep, to create back leg (F). Position back leg on set-out lines on body and into notches on middle and bottom shelves. Affix as in Step 8.
- Step 10: lot ribs (G) into position on middle shelf (I). Apply glue at all connections and tap into position.
- Step 11: Predrill and drive 2 screws at the point where each rib meets the body and bottom shelf.
- Step 12: Round out overlapping sharp edges at connections using a coarse-grade sandpaper, planer or sander.
- Step 13: Paint all surfaces with primer, sealer, undercoat.
- Step 14: Apply 2-3 coats of high-gloss enamel, following product instructions. Use mineral turpentine to clean up.
You’ll also need
Jigsaw fitted with scroll blade; quick-set timber PVA; 50mm countersink rib-head timber screws; fine- and coarse-grade sandpaper; Dulux
1 Step Primer, Sealer & Undercoat; Dulux Super Enamel High Gloss in Jubilation (yellow) or colour of choice; painting tools; mineral turpentine