Bookcase, recycling Old stair balusters.

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 2308 days ago 3605 views 1 time favorited 7 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 2308 days ago

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 2308 days ago

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


-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#3 posted 2308 days ago

Nice creative idea, Dick!

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

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#4 posted 2307 days ago

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 2307 days ago

Hi Dick;

Another great recycling project!


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#6 posted 2290 days ago

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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#7 posted 2290 days ago

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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