A Display Shelf Made From Two Antique Levels

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Project by Levelonlevel posted 507 days ago 1231 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am into re-purposing old things. I incorporated two antique Stanley levels into a hallway display shelf and coat rack. The hooks are the real thing and came from a 1920’s school. The lumber is new and the stain was matched to the cherry color of the levels. The piece lends a nautical motif to our entry area that is adorned with a large wooden pelican and pictures of the coast and seascapes. The round level vial covers lend themselves to a nautical theme sort of resembling portholes on a ship. The levels are held in place with friction and can be removed to retain their collectible value. We change out the displays with the seasons. It is quite handy to have a place to hang coats in the winter.

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#1 posted 507 days ago

Nice, very nice, and unique. Love it.

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#2 posted 507 days ago

awesome idea! there must have been some pressure hanging that… the whole world would be able to tell if it wasn’t level!

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#3 posted 507 days ago

” The levels are held in place with friction and can be removed to retain their collectible value”

Good thinking. I once built a small cargo trailer from a 1920’s ICEBOX to pull behind my motorcycle, and I was surprised at how many times I heard folks say ”You ruined a perfectly good antique icebox!”
But I had a LOT more folks say ”Wow. How cool is THAT thing!”

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#4 posted 507 days ago

Great fun

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#5 posted 506 days ago

Nice look, very creatice. I like that you can remove them if needed.

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#6 posted 506 days ago

Now that’s cool!

I especially like the brackets. They mimic the lines of the levels perfectly.

What a great idea! Should be on the Daily top 3!

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#7 posted 506 days ago

Very creative and it looks really good. Congratulations.

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#8 posted 506 days ago

Very cool and those hooks totally took me back to my early years at school in Philadelphia. Funny how something so small and simple can make you think about an almost forgotten time of your life and remember things as if it were yesterday. Haven’t thought about that school in a long time.

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#9 posted 504 days ago

Amazing and I am REALLY jealous of your ability to repurpose something in a way I would probably never imagine. Well, before now, anyway… :>

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