Bookcase from Old Shutters and Old wood

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Project by Dennis Fletcher posted 04-27-2010 01:50 AM 5395 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is 1 of 2 shelves I was asked to make for a customer. The shutters are approximately 80 to 100 years old, I was told and the face frame is over 100 years old and heart pine. The shelves themselves are approximately 60 to 70 years old.

I cut the shutters to about 9 1/2” and about 38 1/2” tall. The top it cut to 30”x11” and the face and top shelf have been routed out using an ogee bit.

The back is new pine boards with a bead on it. That is the only new wood.

He will be finishing this shelf, showing me how to do it so I can finish the next one.

I did decide, however, that the next shelf, I will route out the edge of the frame after I put it on the shelf, so that all the edges line up. Then I will put the top on.

After I handed over the shelf to the customer, he finished it his way and placed it in his store to sell. I was able to go and take a picture, sorry it is not the best.

He finished it in black, with a polyurethane coat on it.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#1 posted 04-27-2010 02:58 AM

Great reycle job. Nice change.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 04-27-2010 06:08 AM

Real nice shelf unit. Please post on the finsih job. I’m curious how he will deal with 4 different types of wood and some that has paint on it. Is he going to strip the paint off?

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#3 posted 04-27-2010 06:45 AM

I have been seeing more of these “OLD WOOD CABINETS” around here lately. NICE WORK !
Curious to the finish it is going to get ?
I see so much old lumber being discarded. I only wish I had a place to store it, I would be picking up a truck full every day !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 04-27-2010 06:46 AM

That’s a very nice idea.

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#5 posted 04-27-2010 02:45 PM

Nice job, would like to see it after it is finished.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 04-28-2010 05:39 AM

Not bad. Nice job of recycling. I hope I look like that when I get that age and get recycled! LOL

-- Skillet, Louisiana

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Dennis Fletcher

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#7 posted 05-07-2010 08:29 PM

I will be making it’s big brother next, same style shutter, same wood. I hope to see it finished soon, need to get it to the owner now, though.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#8 posted 07-09-2010 06:45 PM

Nice little bookcase.

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Dennis Fletcher

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#9 posted 07-24-2010 02:22 PM

I am waiting to get some photos of it finished, as the guy who finished it showed me some photos printed and it looks good.

--, Making design and application one. †

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Dennis Fletcher

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#10 posted 11-09-2010 03:49 AM

New photo of it finished. He sprayed it with black paint (after scraping some of the old paint off) and applied an antiquing to it. Then he finished it off with a polyurethane spray.

He told me he used to wax these, but the wax is getting too expensive.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#11 posted 11-09-2010 08:05 AM

Thanks for the follow up. That turned out really neat looking.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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