Modern Dollhouse Miniature Bookcase

Making A Modern Dollhouse Bookcase

Still making stuff.

This time, its a project inspired by a Barbie sized Randall Craig bookcase in a photo taken by Michael Williams of


I forgot who actually had a blog post on Michael Williams’ work, but I had book marked his flickr page a while back and have been enthralled by his photos ever since. I noticed that my favorite pictures from his collection typically had that bookcase in it. Its just soooo cool!

Piecing the bookcase together

So, I wanted to see if I could make something similar. You can tell that its not exactly scale to the original, because I decided to make all the pieces divisible by .5″ to keep things simple. I did however borrow many of the placements of the blocks.

You can see that I made two of them. I wanted two so I can flank them on the sides of a table, sofa, or bed or something. It would make a neat picture, don’t ya think?

Also in the photo above, the scribbles are the dimensions of the pieces and how many I needed to cut for 2 bookcases. There were LOTS of different sizes.

The piece of paper on the right shows another modern bookcase/shelf unit that I designed myself and am in the process of making.

Testing out the modern dollhouse miniature bookcase in an unfinished scene

So here’s the Randall Craig inspired bookcase being tested out in a scene with my circle table set.

As for final thoughts, this project was something “simple” I chose to do to test out a new table saw I bought. It ended up being a really complicated with all the different cut sizes and teeny pieces to glue together. There were even certain times where I had to manually hold the pieces together and wait for the glue to dry. As with most of my projects, it took way longer than I initially thought.

I really LOVE how it looks and I can’t wait to finish it. But I’m probably not going to attempt to make this bookcase again for sanity reasons. =)

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7 Responses to Making A Modern Dollhouse Bookcase

  1. Lyssa September 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    But it looks GREAT! I love that style of bookcase and think they will make an awesome addition to any of your houses.

    • Ann September 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

      Thank you my dearie =)

  2. Lyssa September 21, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

    Ann! Did you know you are featured on Mini Modern? I’m sure you did, but HOW COOL IS THAT!!! (Table, bed and bookcase.) Mini modern marvelist you! 🙂

    • Ann September 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm #


  3. Dottie February 27, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    I am very new to Pinterest and saw this little book case. I would love to have the pattern for this cute little bookcase. Is there anywhere I can find the measurements for it? Thank you so much. Dottie

  4. Gail May 19, 2023 at 10:05 pm #

    Stupendous MCM Living Room! ????????????????????????????


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