|Project by mikeyvee||posted 03-23-2016 02:02 PM||790 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
I have to take all my tools back indoors after a working, so I needed a convenient shelving unit for my tool drawers, tote, and bag. This is 100% reclaimed timber I got for free from an industrial equipment movers job site. The wood was in really bad shape. Damaged, warped, split, and full of nails.
I squared and dimensioned all the pieces with my jack plane (that was a good workout in 34 Celsius degree heat/96% humidity) and tried out some half-dovetail lap joints which I learned from Richard Maguire (The English Woodworker).
The shelves turned out to be some kind of redwood, very dense but handsome with the sapwood showing. It looked like it was a 2×10 floor joist from a demolished building, or something. I worked on them until they were flat, square, and true with the jack plane and finished them with 8 coats of shellac. Then I masked it up and did the sides with 3 coats of some battleship-gray paint (over 1 coat of shellac as a sealer).
It works great in my “shop” area – which is a small balcony in downtown Singapore.