Building Unique and Useful Kids' Furniture: 24 Great Do-It-Yourself Projects

Building Unique and Useful Kids' Furniture: 24 Great Do-It-Yourself Projects

by Spike Carlsen


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Easy-to-build, affordable, beautiful, durable, fun furniture projects kids will love!

Give your child a unique gift of a lifetime—without breaking your checkbook—and you and your kid will have fun making it! Building Unique and Useful Kids’ Furniture: 24 Great Do-It-Yourself Projects gives complete step-by-step instructions for building 24 professionally designed one-of-a-kind children’s furniture projects that are easy to build and your kids will love.

You don’t need advanced skills. You don’t need specialized tools. You don’t need expensive materials. All of these projects can be built using basic tools and materials from any home improvement store. Step-by-step instructions and color photos show you exactly what to do—and many projects are labeled “Kid Friendly,” so your child can safely help you build it, developing their skills and confidence.

These projects will fill every room of your house with kids’ furniture that is cleverly designed, attractive, whimsical, safe, with timeless design that look fresh 20 years from now, giving your kids a lasting legacy to pass on to their kids.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610353250
Publisher: Linden Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2018
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,191,118
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Spike Carlsen has been involved in the world of wood and woodworking for more than 40 years. The former executive editor of The Family Handyman magazine, Carlsen is the author of several books on woodworking, including Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects, A Splintered History of Wood, The Backyard Homestead of Building Projects, and Cabin Lessons. He has also written hundreds of articles for magazines including American Woodworker, Old House Journal, and Popular Woodworking. Carlsen has five kids and eight grandkids—and has built tons of furniture and fun things over the years to amuse them (and himself). For more information visit He lives in Minnesota.

Table of Contents


1. Awesome Mirror

2. Baby in Moon Cradle

3. Bedroom Step & Stool

4. Bunny Bookcase

5. Cheery Cherry Toy Chest

6. Circus Train

7. Crazy Cube Shelf

8. Cube-iture

9. High Chair & Helper

10. Jumping Jack Table and Stool

11. Lego® & Game Table

12. Little Lounger

13. Loft Bed

14. Mirror-I Can do Anything

15. Nanny Rocker

16. Portable Desk

17. Puppet Stage

18. Puzzle Desk

19. Puzzle Stool

20. PVC Teepee

21. Pyramid Picnic Table

22. Riley’s Rocker

23. Rocking Pony

24. The Thing

special sidebars include:

Building with Children

Workshop Safety

Woods and Plywoods

Kid Safe Furniture

"Kick It Up a Notch" tools

Straight Cut Jigs

Perfect Plywood

Paint and Finish

Going in Circles

Hand Tools


"A fine, unique collection of original, practical pieces kids and their parents will enjoy."

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