|Project by Hibernicvs||posted 03-18-2008 07:59 PM||1310 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
And a beautiful shot of a lamp base, too. This started life as an obviously much-rebuilt plant stand I found in the dumpster behind the building where I live. The design was okay, but the execution was very poor—nails and screws (all of different sizes), the shelves mis-fit into dadoes, etc. I turned it upside down, planed down the warping and cupping, sanded it smooth, added “trim” made out of old sign posts I found (almost 1×2, but we’re talking cheap wood here; measurements were not an important factor in their manufacture, which gave me room to plane them down and shape them and have good wood left over to router), then screwed on a piece of scrap plywood I found for a top (where the bottom used to be). The back is hardboard from a changing table I found in the trash and dismantled for wood. The only things I bought, aside from the supplies like new screws and stain, were a sheet of 1/4 lauan plywood and the edge beading, and those were scrap from another project. I stained the whole thing ebony to hide the discolored wood, and it worked well. Three coats of polyurethane and it was ready to go … except that I discovered that the shelves were too close together to hold “normal” sized hardbound books. It’s a paperback haven now.