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Bookcase from "heaven"

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Project by Bob_B posted 12-05-2007 03:57 PM 1239 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, not exactly from heaven but, the wood was a church pugh in it’s former life. Our friend went to this church as a young girl and when they said they were tearing it down so they could build a bigger one, they sold the pughs to anyone who wanted them as a way of making money for the new church. Well our friend bought one ($100.00 I think) and asked if I could build a bookcase out of it. The hand carved shamrock on the side was really the only specific thing that needed to be incorperated and I had full freedom on the design.

After milling, each board was about 1 1/4 thick, so this thing is beefy. I’m not sure what kind of oak it is, but it was in really good condition.

A very fun project and I’m happy I could help a friend keep a piece of her childhood.

-- Bob B - Warwick, Rhode Island





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Russel

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#1 posted 12-05-2007 04:14 PM

Nice bookcase and carving. Just shows that there’s more to wood than the form it takes.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 12-05-2007 04:36 PM

Very nice work. A good save of the past.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Brad_Nailor

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#3 posted 12-05-2007 04:39 PM

I like this alot. The design is simple and effective, and I love the idea of re using the wood and keeping the hand carved part. nice job

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 12-05-2007 07:55 PM

That is some beautiful wood, and you put it to great use!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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TomFran

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#5 posted 12-05-2007 09:51 PM

A beautiful bookcase! This has some definite character.

If I changed anything, I would have put a back on it. I have several bookcases, but I like the ones with backs, which keeps things from falling behind it. It also makes it nicer for sliding the books into place. But, you have done a great job on this piece!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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clieb91

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#6 posted 12-05-2007 10:03 PM

Great piece. The church I grew up in did the same thing many years ago, I know several people who bought the pews and have had to move them around. Much better way and much more useful this way.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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cajunpen

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#7 posted 12-05-2007 10:58 PM

Great looking bookcase and use of salvaged wood. I’ve had my eye out for a couple of these pughs for awhile – just haven’t come across any at a reasonable price yet. I’d like to see a better picture of the carving on the side.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Grumpy

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#8 posted 12-06-2007 12:14 AM

Great piece of furniture. It would have been sad if that nice piece of timber was wasted.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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oscorner

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#9 posted 12-06-2007 01:05 AM

Beautifully done! Excellent job.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Chip

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#10 posted 12-06-2007 01:37 AM

I agree with Os. Wonderful project on all counts.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Karson

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#11 posted 12-06-2007 01:56 AM

Great project. Did you carve the Shamrock or was it already on the pugh?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Chip

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#12 posted 12-06-2007 02:07 AM

By the way, I always thought it was “pew”? Six years of religious schooling and I don’t even know what I was sitting on. Yikes.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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CharlieM1958

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#13 posted 12-06-2007 05:12 PM

I think your right, Chip.

Confucius say “Man who pass gas in church must sit in own pew.”

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Bob_B

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#14 posted 12-07-2007 04:28 AM

Thanks guys for the nice comments. I must confess (pun intended), I didn’t know how to spell “pugh”. I had to “Google” it.

The carving was already done. I did have to refinish it, which was challenging without affecting the carving itself.

I was going to add a closeup of the carving, but apparently you can only have so many MBs of files.

-- Bob B - Warwick, Rhode Island

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