My Dad's Birthday Bookshelf

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Project by Gabe C. posted 04-04-2012 01:14 AM 1524 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my father just had his 60th birthday, and I wanted to share the bookshelf that I built for him. He is kind of an eccentric, dynamic guy, and I knew that I couldn’t get by this year without making him something.

It’s not the prettiest thing, as it’s made out of reused pine, but I think it has a lot of character, which I knew he would appreciate. This was definitely a process that gave me a lot of time to reminisce, as I spent the majority of it with the planer and then the orbital sander. The trim across the front of the shelves is actually cleaned up boards from some storage shelves HE gave me years ago that I had been, until recently, utilizing in my garage.
My Dad is the greatest person I know, and I would not be the man that I am if it wasn’t for everything he has taught me. Happy Birthday, Dad!
Thanks for checking it out.

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#1 posted 04-04-2012 01:34 AM

way to go gabe

recycled is good

happy birthday dad !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 04-04-2012 10:52 AM

Good looking cabinet. Dad’s are pretty important people.

-- Josh- What you put in determines what you get out.

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#3 posted 04-04-2012 12:38 PM

It was a nice thing to do for a father and nicely done.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 04-04-2012 12:42 PM

Very nice. I like the old nail holes in the shelves (not being sarcastic) I think it’s great when wood gets a second life. I made a similar Bookcase from scrap wood for my wife.
I’m sure your dad loves it.

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#5 posted 04-04-2012 01:28 PM

Dad was speechless. Success!

Ben, that is a good looking shelf, thanks for posting it. I find that many times I am under budget constraints and something recycled can have a lot of worth. Just needs a bit of time and attention.

Thanks for your comments, everybody!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#6 posted 04-04-2012 10:14 PM

Love the fact you recycled the wood and made it look so great.
Nice Job!!

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#7 posted 04-04-2012 10:48 PM

I think your dad must be very proud!

Thanks for posting!
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#8 posted 04-11-2012 04:10 PM

That is a great bookcase from a great son. I love all the character it has and it sounds like both you and your Dad have great character as well.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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