Shelf for my Daughter

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 10-15-2014 01:05 PM 1328 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaĆ­ en Esperanto]

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!

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#1 posted 10-15-2014 03:10 PM

It’s amazing what we will live with for so long (broken stair tread)! Good for your daughter for salvaging it and you did that piece proud, showcasing the knot! Thanks for sharing, Dave.

-- God bless, Candy

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 10-15-2014 03:53 PM

CFrye, Granted I did turn the tread around so the broken part was in the back! Plus the wood I replaced the tread with was recycled off the street. I think you guys will like my current project. Update later.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 10-15-2014 06:07 PM

Nice. I agree concerning the knots, great look to them.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 10-15-2014 11:20 PM

Most likely your daughter will be on the hunt for more of that. Get prepared to do a lot of daughter do work until you can’t work anymore.

I know, I’m broke out in daughters and have a grand daughter.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#5 posted 10-15-2014 11:41 PM

Nice salvage Dave. Good that your daughter recognized the potential in that broken tread!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Nicholas B. Cohen

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#6 posted 10-16-2014 01:39 PM

lovely piece for a daughter.

-- Nicholas

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