Workshop Shelving Unit - Reclaimed

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Project by mikeyvee posted 03-23-2016 02:02 PM 1124 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have to take all my tools back indoors after a working, so I needed a convenient shelving unit for my tool drawers, tote, and bag. This is 100% reclaimed timber I got for free from an industrial equipment movers job site. The wood was in really bad shape. Damaged, warped, split, and full of nails.

I squared and dimensioned all the pieces with my jack plane (that was a good workout in 34 Celsius degree heat/96% humidity) and tried out some half-dovetail lap joints which I learned from Richard Maguire (The English Woodworker).

The shelves turned out to be some kind of redwood, very dense but handsome with the sapwood showing. It looked like it was a 2×10 floor joist from a demolished building, or something. I worked on them until they were flat, square, and true with the jack plane and finished them with 8 coats of shellac. Then I masked it up and did the sides with 3 coats of some battleship-gray paint (over 1 coat of shellac as a sealer).

It works great in my “shop” area – which is a small balcony in downtown Singapore.

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#1 posted 03-23-2016 06:33 PM

Nice joinery. I like that green colour.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-24-2016 11:34 PM

Thanks Ivan!

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#3 posted 03-24-2016 11:43 PM

A shelf to hold your tools?

No sir. That looks more like a piece of furniture for the living room !

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