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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 01-17-2011 10:28 PM 2176 views 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I posted a gloat on this lumber a while back, I thought the least I could do is post the first project I made with it.

Construction is solid oak except for the oak ply backing. In stead of ripping wider boards that I had on hand down to make the trim, I purchased a couple of boards from the big box store. In retrospect, the reclaimed wood is nicer looking, so I should have bitten the bullet and cut it up anyway.

The only piece I had that was long enough for the top showed some seriously mismatched grain when I planed the old finish off. I was disappointed at first, but in the end I decided it adds a bit of character, which is in keeping with the age of the wood and it’s former life holding books in a college library.

Finish is Minwax Provincial stain(chosen to match my bedroom furniture) with five coats of wipe-on satin poly.

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





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NBeener

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 10:31 PM

Charlie:

I’m torn between…..

“Beautiful”

“Elegant”

and

“Stately”

I’ll let you pick.

-- -- Neil

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 10:35 PM

What a beautiful bookcase. I’d say you made excellent use of that reclaimed oak! Great job!

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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Randy Sharp

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 10:45 PM

The flutes on the stiles are a nice touch, Charlie. They provide an elegance to this project. Thanks for posting.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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GMman

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 10:56 PM

Very beautiful bookcase Charlie: Great job

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Dave Haynes

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 11:20 PM

Very, very nice. I bite the bullet at the big box stores every once in a while, too…........but just as you did (when you only need a little bit). that is a very nice looking bookcase Charlie!

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana, http://www.oldaveswoodshop.com

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#6 posted 01-17-2011 11:26 PM

Get to know the demo guy on that job … trust me there’s plenty more free wood out there. I havent paid for a piece of lumber in 3 years. Shoot for the on site foreman, buy him a case of beer or a couple cups of coffee and you will have a buddy who always looks out for ya.

Nice work with the reclaimed oak … a new life doing the same job in a much more stylish way!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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tdv

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 11:28 PM

That’s beautiful Charlie I like the colour you got it really emphasises that grain.All that & you saved a tree
Nice job
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 01-17-2011 11:29 PM

Lookin good from here Charlie. Nice salvage operation!! Now, Findin enough WW books to fill it up :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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sedcokid

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#9 posted 01-18-2011 12:22 AM

Charlie,
This a beautiful piece, the reclaimed wood was the right choice ‘It Does Add Character’. The flutes on the styles add to the beauty. I really like this piece of furniture!!

Thanks for sharing!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#10 posted 01-18-2011 12:34 AM

That’s really nice Charlie, It looks very “formal” to me and the grain gives it so much character.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Karson

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#11 posted 01-18-2011 12:36 AM

Charlie, a beautiful bookcase. Nice job in the use of recycled materials.

-- 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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woodsmithshop

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#12 posted 01-18-2011 02:09 AM

great job Charlie, very nice looking bookcase

-- Smitty!!!

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#13 posted 01-18-2011 02:53 AM

Charlie,
That’s gorgeous! I really like the trim detail around the top.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Roz

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#14 posted 01-18-2011 03:25 AM

Nice work Charlie, when can I expect delivery?

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#15 posted 01-18-2011 03:44 AM

WOW! CHARLIE IS A MASTER CRAFTSMAN, NOT JUST A GREAT BOX MAKER. REALLY PRETTY CHARLIE. I’M ENVIOUS, GOT ANY UNUSUAL JOINTS IN IT? REMEMBER THE CONTEST.,,, NICE JOB, REALLY LIKE THE FINISH. GB, MIKE

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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