Send Kids' Clutter Into Outer Space With This Rocket Cupboard

Persuading kids to put away their toys can be a battle, but building them a rocket cabinet makes the job a lot more fun.

Send Kids' Clutter Into Outer Space With This Rocket Cupboard

We used an orbiter vehicle (OV) from a NASA space shuttle as the inspiration for this cabinet.

The shape of the aerofoils and fuselage were simplified, but the overall proportions are faithful to the original orbiter.

The cabinet was built as a carcass attached to a backing sheet cut into the silhouette of the fuselage and wing shape, called the planform.

The doors and cabin are clad in Corflute, a plastic version of corrugated cardboard.

Steps 1 and 2
Send Kids' Clutter Into Outer Space With This Rocket Cupboard
Sue Ferris

Step 1. Cut the pieces

Make templates for the shelves, door ribs and cabin supports, marking them on plywood and cutting out with a jigsaw.

Use a pull saw to tidy up the notches in the ends of the door ribs.

Cut the sides using a circular saw.

Step 2. Assemble the frame

Clamp the shelves between the sides, securing with screws and PVA adhesive.

Secure the divider/tail fin between the base and first shelf with adhesive and screws.

Trim the base ribs to fit on each side of the tail with 2mm clearance.

 
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