Salvaged wood bookshelf/dog nook

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Project by LiveEdge posted 08-18-2014 05:16 PM 2199 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This weekend I drove up to Salem, OR to pick up some wood salvaged from the Muir & McDonald tannery built in 1903. (You can see a little clip about it on the History Channel here) The wood is Douglas fir and is especially dark due to the decades of tannin use.

This was my first project with salvaged wood and quickly I discovered some pros and cons. The wood was 1×6 tongue and groove and originally I wasted half a day trying to work with the ancient T&G joints by cleaning them up and removing frayed wood etc. Eventually I decided it was not working so I cut them all off and just went with a straight up surface to glue. The trick with salvaged wood is realizing ahead of time that you need to hide as many of your cuts as possible as the cut surface will no longer look the same.

The other issue with salvaged wood is that nothing is quite square or flat. If you are constantly looking to make things square and flat to the nth degree you with quickly get frustrated. This went together well and there is only one cut on a bookshelf that I’m a bit embarrassed about as it has a fairly wide gap.

One of the upsides of working with salvaged wood is sanding. I don’t like sanding. It’s tedious. Here the sanding regimen looks like this: hit it with 80 grit. Done. That’s my kind of plan.

As you can see, Finnigan moved in right away.

I have more of the wood and plan on making a desk next.

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#1 posted 08-18-2014 05:24 PM

Great looking bookshelf, and the dog bed puts it over the top.
Really nice project.

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#2 posted 08-18-2014 06:02 PM

That’s a great looking cabinet. Fantastic coloring and texture, adds a great deal of beauty to this bookshelf.
The video was pretty interesting, it stated that the tannery has been designated an historic landmark. You’re not in trouble for taking the wood, are you?

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#3 posted 08-18-2014 07:36 PM

They’ll never catch me oldtool! Actually I was curious about that too. The clip was from back in 2006 and since then obviously something happened to the “historical landmark” status because it came down.

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#4 posted 08-19-2014 11:23 AM

Great character of the wood. Dog bed is a great idea.

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#5 posted 08-19-2014 03:55 PM

That is really cool, and LOVE the character of the old reclaimed wood. The dog bed/cutout is really cool. Great job

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#6 posted 08-09-2016 01:45 AM

Another beatiful piece. Love the saw marks !

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