"I demand it rustic!"

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Project by JohnnyStrawberry posted 06-23-2014 12:02 PM 2998 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

– thundered so my father when I told him I was going to plane the rough sawn black locust boards for the shelves. Well, I did plane the shelves after all…
This year we actually spent our vacation in the countryside. My father runs a big horticultural farm where he’s been living for a few years now. He loves reading and he has some book… And he planned to have a huge set of bookshelves in his bedroom with all his books (most of them were waiting in crates). He’d seen some nice black locust logs being sold as firewood and he smartly grabbed’em and had them milled. Then the nicely stickered lumber has just been waiting for about 3-4 years to be the stairs in the house. Well, upstairs is still out of use, so I claimed the nice stack for the bookshelves. He’d been collecting several kinds of thin logs for the legs of the bookshelves. Honey locust, ash, beech, sycamore to name a few – but no black locust. (I think because it has a rather thick and messy bark, even at this age). And he wanted four benches and legs for two big table tops (4’x8’ beech) as well.
OK father, we drop by for a week and I make the stuff you need but you gotta move my whole workshop stuff to the farm (except the Hammer; I brought the never used Metabo planer). No problem – I was not surprisingly told so. :-) So we moved the workstation and the tools needed for the job. The house has two terraces and I turned the smaller one into my temporary workshop. It was pretty small but I loved it. It is fantastic having the shop where you live! (New experience for me.)

Cleaning (branching) and positioning the legs was a major PITA.

Then black locust brackets bolted firmly to the legs. (The most tedious step of the process as I recall…)

Then the shelves. Black locust boards, planed (haha). :-D Live edge but no sanding whatsoever mind you. The ends of the shelves were cut with a jigsaw to match the legs. I used the wire trick.

I had only two days left for the tables and benches.
But I did it. :-)

The benches have freshly milled BL boards… Not even planed (no time for that)...

Needless to say, finishing them hasn’t even crossed my mind, seriously.
Thanks for reading along.

PS: The shelves were almost completely filled with books after we came back.

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#1 posted 06-23-2014 12:59 PM

Wonderful project to compliment the books and great story

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 06-23-2014 03:00 PM

And rustic is what he got. Very nice.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 06-23-2014 04:43 PM


Wow, you are high tech compared to your father. LOL! Good to see what you have been doing. How is your workshop progressing?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 06-23-2014 05:01 PM

Very nice. You’ve inspired me! I appreciate the photos of the details as well.

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#5 posted 06-23-2014 09:49 PM

I like the finished project. Very unique space to be filled with literature. Nice to do something for your Dad. Well done Johnny.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#6 posted 06-24-2014 02:41 AM

Beautiful work and craftsmanship. LOVE those shelves.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 06-24-2014 03:46 AM

Johnny this is a really cool project! You really captured the rustic, but not ugly, feeling. Not easy to do. Great job

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#8 posted 06-24-2014 04:38 AM

Wow. That is a lot of work in a short period of time. Well done, it all looks great

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#9 posted 06-24-2014 07:28 AM

Thank you guys for the positive feedback. I appreciate it a lot.
Workshop is done, Thomas. Here it is
I just can’t tell how much I love the new shop! :-) RH is around 50% now(!). [Dehum’s been turned off for weeks now.] I completed the armoire project for which the boards had actually been planed in the old shop (Jan.). Gonna post that tomorrow. So I have the most positive opinion about the new shop in practice as well.
Glad to be some inspiration. :-)
This rustic project needed a lot of work indeed. (My days started at ~5am and ended at ~9pm. I like pushing it to the limit. ;-)

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#10 posted 06-26-2014 03:40 AM

Verry nice pieces of furniture, brilliant idea! There is some fine maschine too!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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