Reclaimed wood bookcase

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Project by sandt38 posted 06-20-2010 07:56 PM 3523 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Nothing really fancy here, aside from the wood I used. A family bought the property across the street from us in our last house. They built an amazing log cabin right on the pond on the property. About 3 weeks after they moved in the little girl came in and said “Mommy, the floor in the hall is squishy”. Well, apparently when Lowes came out and installed the fridge, they left a leaking water line to the ice maker/cooler. It leaked on the BRAND NEW floor… yes, 3 weeks after moving in they had to move out, and the entire floor of the house had to be replaced. After the floor was replaced, i was given the remaining wood from the re-installation. I had a ton of it. So I made several things, one of them being this bookcase.

This was my very first piece of woodworking. It is very simple, with (1) 3/4 inch shelf (the top shelf) which was intended for pictures, and it has a tap switched rope light under the lip. The next 2 shelves and bottom are 1 1/2” thick ([2] 3/4” laminated boards). All shelves are fixed, mortised into the sides. This is one rigid case, I assure you.

Yes, I did say it was a bookcase, and it is, but our home theater hobby took over and it is now one of 3 similar sized cases we use at this time for DVDs and Blu-Ray discs, and as you can see we still have a stack of DVDs 3 feet high sitting on the floor next to them. I am preparing to build an 8X6 foot shelving unit and an 8X4 foot shelving unit (mahogany) to house our DVDs and Blu-Rays so we can use this as a bookshelf again.

It is pine flooring, finished with Minwax merlot stain and a few coats of brushing poly.

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#1 posted 06-20-2010 07:59 PM

Good job looks like it was really needed

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#2 posted 06-20-2010 09:30 PM

Nice job on the bookcase.

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#3 posted 06-21-2010 05:17 PM

Very cool project, love seeing reclaimed wood used!

-- Erin, Wyoming,

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#4 posted 06-22-2010 12:52 AM

Good looking bookcase. Great job.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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