Old Bookshelf

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Project by darryl posted 940 days ago 1364 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago when my wife’s nephew and his wife bought a house which included this ugly beatup old bookshelf in the front hallway. I dragged that nasty old thing home and broke it all apart and considered my options.

Back in November I decided what I wanted to do…

Using part of the back panel I created a pair of matching vessels. The pair are approx 6” x 6”. I’m keeping one for myself, the other I gave to my wife’s nephew and his wife to put back in their house. The images above of the vessel I’m keeping.

There are 144 segments in each vessel. I finished the pair with multiple layers (8 I think) of Tung Oil and paste wax. I applied two coats of Ebony stain and a single coat of Tung oil to the interior. I think the application of the Ebony stain to the interior adds a great sense of mystery to the piece.

I wanted to add a subtle break in the design, so the fourth row down from the top has a mahogany veneer above, below and between each segment.

To close up the hole in the bottom, I have a double layer of mahogany veneer held in place with a single walnut segmented ring.

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#1 posted 940 days ago

Talking about giving something a ‘second life’. Great looking vessel by itself… but the story adds feature.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#2 posted 940 days ago

Wow these are great, a fantastic turnings

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 940 days ago

Another beauty, Darryl!

What a great gift and a neat way to recycle materials and memories.


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

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#4 posted 940 days ago

I love recycled wood projects!! Great vessel!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#5 posted 940 days ago

Very cool. I can imagine some jaws dropping!

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#6 posted 940 days ago

What an amazing bookshelf!!! It is always so nice to use reclaimed wood when it has that much beauty to it.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 940 days ago

Beautiful. That bookshelf probably used to dream about being a segmented hollow-form!!

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#8 posted 940 days ago

Great job it is beautiful.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 940 days ago

What a great job transforming a drab arrangement of wood into a thing of beauty!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#10 posted 940 days ago

Love the form! Great reuse of wood.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#11 posted 940 days ago

Great job Darryl, you have acentuated the joints to achieve a very distinctive end result, well done.
The piece has a nice form to it as well, :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 940 days ago

Thank you all!
I’m going to be working with an old bunkbed next…

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#13 posted 940 days ago

Great looking turning, love the different grains and colors.

-- Brian Brooks, Maine

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