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Forum topic by Sid_Sidow posted 06-03-2012 04:01 AM 1398 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2012 04:01 AM

Here is a recent family discovery dating back to probably the 1910s -1920s

My Great Uncle (died a couple years ago at 90+) had this little shelf/end table in his home so I was able to obtain it after the funeral. I took it back to my Father-in-Law’s cabin and found an identical shelf! The other was made by my Wife’s Grandfather (or Uncle) when he was in high school about the same time.

Both families were raised in Eastern Nebraska, maybe 125 miles apart. We were wondering if this could have been a shop project in school and a number of schools in the state had the same plans. As I say, they are IDENTICAL, other than the finish and screws vs. nails (and a little extra dust!)

Curious if any other family has a shelf like this and if you have any information. I nearly threw them both in the firepit, but wanted to find any historical data. And even if there is any value ;-)

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#1 posted 06-03-2012 05:28 AM

I have actually seen that shelf in SE Georgia at my grandmothers. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were a school shop project.
It has a Craftsman style look to it, which was in it’s heyday during that time frame.

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#2 posted 06-03-2012 09:14 AM

That’s a pretty cool looking shelf I wanna make one :)

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#3 posted 06-03-2012 10:23 AM

Before you put it in firepit – take it to a donation center—-people do by these and reclaim the lumber.
I very much doubt that schools back in 1910 had “Shop class”.
Reading writing and arithmatic were all they needed.
I could see them made by a local person and selling them.

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#4 posted 06-03-2012 10:51 AM

Actually there were area’s back then that did have shop classes. Most were funded by the furniture industry and coachworks.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#5 posted 06-03-2012 02:29 PM

What a great discovery! These should become family treasures.

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#6 posted 06-03-2012 02:38 PM

Very interesting find and great story.

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#7 posted 06-03-2012 03:21 PM

I’ve seen that design somewhere but can’t recall where.

Maybe from one of the Sloyd (Slojd) books from the late 19th or early 20th century?

The Sloyd method was used all over the world at one time and in my opinion is still one of the best methods of teaching any of the manual arts.

I’m swapping out computers right now and don’t have any of my PDF books on hand or I’d check and see.

I might have also seen in one of the old Popular Mechanic’s “Shop Notes” books from back in the early 20th century.

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#8 posted 06-03-2012 03:27 PM

Really neat story.

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#9 posted 06-06-2012 04:34 AM

Very Very cool, what a small world we live in.. who knows how many of those may have been made in shop classes all across the country.. glad you shared that with us..

-- Papa...

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