book case into drawing table

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Project by wouldi posted 05-15-2008 05:27 AM 2813 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

most of the stock used in this table is from a cherry craftman style bookcase that i build about ten years ago … after hauling it across the country in all my travels it was in pretty bad shape .. mostly the doors that were once on it and the plywood back were all damaged… the design came to me when my wife demanded that i make here an art table after she seen the bench i made for my self…. so i used the shelvels as the cherry top …. cut it in half , took apart the floating panels, shrunk the width down, glued them together, made a new bottom and used the old panels as the new shelves … designed the new shelve peg half dove tale rail adjustable shelf system and wala .!!!!!!!!! an art table ten years in the making…..the top of the table sits 40” h i hope she likes it she said she wanted it high .. her birthday is soon

-- to the endeavor

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#1 posted 05-15-2008 05:51 AM

it’s pretty cool to recycle one of your own projects.
I’ve got a bookshelf that i made back in high school that I’ve considered “re-allocating”!

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#2 posted 05-15-2008 09:46 AM

Very pretty but what are those things in the middle photo, that look like spongey paint brushes? Your wife is gonna love you. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 05-15-2008 01:23 PM

Great idea and it looks good too.

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#4 posted 05-15-2008 02:54 PM

Quite a recycling job. Nice!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#5 posted 05-15-2008 03:30 PM

This project just rocks in my book…happy drafting…blkcherry

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#6 posted 05-15-2008 04:31 PM

That is some good looking grain in that table top.

Excellent craftsmanship too!

I bet your wife loves it. It’s hard to beat a hand made present from the heart.

-- Kirk H. --

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#7 posted 05-16-2008 05:19 AM

Very Nice Wouldi, very unique. I like what you did for the top.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#8 posted 03-13-2009 02:00 AM

It is very, very nice. And I cut into it and painted on it and did some sanding and gluing on my crafty things. It’s still very, very nice. It would be nice to sit here and carve those lino blocks (or wood) with those nice tools we were going to share.

-- crafty ladies love wood too!

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#9 posted 08-22-2010 12:15 AM

The top is truly pleasing to the eyes and the rest of the craftsmanship is very interesting.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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