|Project by mtalley||posted 10-17-2014 02:50 PM||2538 views||5 times favorited||10 comments|
We sort of have a Wood-Craft/Bohemian/Bookworm thing going for our home decor – see in background of pics above. I recently made a bookshelf from a small 1931 cast-iron hobby lathe and a hunk of reclaimed barn/house beam from here in Toulouse. I cleaned both the beam section and lathe up a little, chamfered the top of the piece, mortised in a couple of oak runners to serve as feet and the keep the ends of the beam from splitting. added some stain to the wood, some light sanding, and three coats of water-based satin poly to finish it up.
The lathe was then bolted on using some vintage flat-head screws that I pulled out of another section the same beam and I added one of my bowls to give the books a proper purchase on the drive side. The tool rest is turned and mounted on the other side to keep the books upright.
Pictured here on a drop-leaf table just to show. It is now sitting against the wall on top of a sugar-chest and under a painting by the front door. My wife loves it, which matters if one wants a happy life.
-- Matt at: www.drivenoutside.com/blog