Rustic Wood Floating Shelf fireplace mantel - lumber from an 1860/70's school house

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Project by Lee Ray posted 02-05-2012 01:25 AM 7254 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Description: This historical piece of old growth lumber was reclaimed from a circa 1860/70’s School house located in Macon Georgia. This particular School house was built in the 1860’s. This wood piece was found on site in “as-is” condition and shows You can see the hand hewn Axe marks,,mortise and tenon, peg holes,nail holes, knots, worm holes,and splits that give it a fabulous rustic patina. It looks fantastic for the 140 years it’s been weathering. This is a very Solid piece and ready to hang.

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#1 posted 02-05-2012 01:57 AM

Wow that show’s tons of history in every small defect. great job.

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#2 posted 02-05-2012 04:14 AM

Nice save, could have ended its life on a bonfire but you kept it alive for another hundred years. Love it.

-- I have so many projects on the go, guess I'm not a "finish" carpenter!

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#3 posted 02-05-2012 04:46 AM

What are you going to put on this great shelf?? With the age of the tree, this is an old piece….............

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 02-05-2012 05:02 AM

Thanks for all the kind words. I actually came across some old beams and I think i am going to try and sell it.

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#5 posted 02-05-2012 04:52 PM

very nice! What type of finish did you use?

-- Jeff, CT - keep calm and make sawdust

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