|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 10-15-2014 01:05 PM||1328 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
After replacing a broken stair tread in our house which we had lived with for around 20 years, my daughter grabbed the old tread before I could even decide if I wanted to re-use it somewhere or throw it away. A few moths later she asked if I could make a small shelf for her room out of the old tread.
I began by removing the many layers of paint and removing staples and nails that were imbedded in the wood. I toyed with the idea of using the broken edge and creating a sort of faux live edge, but after getting to know the piece I decided that just wouldn’t work. So I cut off all the bad, broken spots and planed the board to an even thickness.
I utilized the section with the knots for the shelf because they add some character to the piece. The supports I drew freehand and cut out on the bandsaw. I routed the edges of the shelf with a roman ogee, and the edges of the supports with the same ogee bit, but I lowered it so that only a cove resulted.
The supports were just glued on. I finished the piece with several coats of spray lacquer.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!