Rustic Cedar Shelf

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Project by TheQuast posted 03-26-2009 03:01 AM 2531 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a shelf for the kitchen in our apartment since we don’t have a lot of space. So, looking for a quick solution that looked nice I grabbed a couple of small cedar trees (about 4 inches in diameter) that had been knocked down from a road going in near our house. I took them and cut them with a chopsaw and then ran them through a table saw (a little scary) so I would have some flat edges to work with.

A little glue and some string to hold it up and presto. This thing is awesome with the deep purples that I found in the wood, and I love the rustic look. I think I might like this better than my wife likes it, although she likes it too.

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#1 posted 03-26-2009 03:33 AM

Looks real cool! Did you let the logs dry out all the way? Did ya finish it with anything? Have any close ups of the ceder?

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#2 posted 03-26-2009 04:50 AM

It’s very nice, but I would wager that it’s not better than your wife. :)

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#3 posted 03-26-2009 04:53 AM

i meant i like it better than my wife likes it….woops to that typo!

no, i didn’t let the logs dry out. would have if i wanted this piece to look real finished, just want a thrown together look. I did throw a quick coat of clear shellac on it (I didn’t even sand it first ) just to keep it nice and purple without it fading to a brown. I know that from a woodworkers perspective its a little crazy, but what the hay

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#4 posted 03-26-2009 08:47 PM

What a cool way to create a rustic shelf! All the things you can do with rough lumber! You like it – your wife uses it. . .

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