Bookcase, recycling Old stair balusters.

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 04-26-2008 04:35 PM 4181 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this to fit in a corner of Barb’s little library in our basement.

I made this without a plan, & I don’t think it took me over 4 hours to complete it.

I purchased some MDF plastic clad oak pattern shelf boards,

& I had some old stair balusters from a dilapidated house that was raised.

I set them up in my lathe, & turned 3/4” tenons in the middle before I cut them in half.

I’ve started a Blog for this project.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#1 posted 04-26-2008 04:53 PM

Nice job, I always hated throwing away the left over balustrades and newel post when I did a stair rail, so I always was making things out of them,

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#2 posted 04-26-2008 05:02 PM

Nice job Dick…. with or without a plan. Thanks !


-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#3 posted 04-26-2008 06:20 PM

Nice creative idea, Dick!

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

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#4 posted 04-27-2008 01:49 AM

great idea !!! I try to recycle as much as possible also !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 04-27-2008 03:46 PM

Hi Dick;

Another great recycling project!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 05-14-2008 08:22 AM

You have made a very nice bookcase to put in a corner. Storage space is plenty. The use of leftover stair balusters has given it a different look. Is each baluster holding the top three shelves a one piece? If yes, how have you put them through the center shelf unless the top of the baluster is detachable? Same question about the bottom balusters. I liked the idea of making a plan.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 05-14-2008 02:57 PM

Hi Sharad,

I turned a 3/4” diameter tenon with my lathe on each end of the balusters, also a tenon in the middle, then I cut

them in half, so each piece is 11” long, shoulder to shoulder with a short 3/4” diameter tenon on each end.

then the shelves are drilled for the tenons.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 09-27-2014 03:07 PM

You have plenty of options when selecting deck balusters for your space. When investing in new decks for your home, you need to consider every component of the structure to ensure it fits your needs just right.


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