I was compensated by Worx Tools for this post. All opinions are my own.
A lot of the kids nowadays are learning remotely from home due to pandemic, which means they have their books and homework at home. It doesn’t take much to have their homework and textbooks all over the house. To solve this problem I’ve built a simple DIY kid’s bookshelf for keeping homework papers and textbooks in one place.
This simple textbook shelf could be converted into a homework station with additional compartments for crayons or other school items. To make the homework shelf more personalized, I decided to carve out my kids’ names on the board and attach it to the shelf. We have two boys and a girl, so this shelf is made with three sections for each child. The plans could be easily modified to make this shelf with more or fewer sections.
Worx MakerX Tools
To carve out the letters on the wooden board, I used Worx MakerX combo tools. This set includes a Rotary Tool, Angle Grinder, Air Brush, Mini Heat Gun, and Wood & Metal Crafter. With these tools, you could build a lot of different projects not just carving wood.
But for this project, the main tool I used was a rotary tool that has a brushless motor. It connects to a 20v hub with a max/min controller to regulate the speed when carving out wood. It makes it very convenient for drilling/carving different types of wood or other materials.
When carving wood with a rotary tool, especially if you’re a beginner I recommend using basswood. Basswood is very soft and could be easily carved out. There are many other types of softwood out there but basswood seems to be the best for this type of project. Pine is also considered a softwood, but it has wood grains that are much harder than the rest of the wood. So you’ll have soft and hard areas of the wood and it becomes harder to carve out a straight line.