Twisted Bookshelf

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Project by rweitz posted 01-27-2019 03:04 AM 1700 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife found a pic of this bookshelf one day and I thought it would be great for my friend’s daughter’s first home homewarming present.

Made it out of pallets and that took quite a bit of “pre-paring”
break down pallets and pull nails – whee!

mate up the boards to make longer boards, mill them to all the same thickness, and the married boards to the same width. I used my box joint jig to fingerjoint the ends of short board to make longer ones, almost 7 feet long overall.

and then glue the boards to make the panels for the sides and front. – 3 panels, two sides and one for the curved fronts.

Trim all the panels to the same length. Lots of making bigger boards from pallet boards up to now!

cut the dados and rabbets (groves) dry fit the shelves and layout the “twist” cut on the front panel.

Dry fit everything, sand inside surfaces down, adjust everything for a nice fit – then glue it up.

Lots of sanding then, first round of staining.

a few days of staining, wait to dry, another few days of clear coating, wait to dry and buff sanding then, done.

Go camping!

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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#1 posted 01-27-2019 03:12 AM

Looks like a fun design!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 01-27-2019 04:40 AM

very cool look.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 01-27-2019 10:36 AM

Not that I didn’t see them but aleways look cool…easpecialy your pallet version.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 01-27-2019 01:05 PM

My initial comment was going to be that this was one of the few pallet projects I found attractive. Then I saw your process and realized why. That’s a lot of work! Good job.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#5 posted 01-27-2019 03:35 PM

Yes, yes and yes !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 01-27-2019 03:49 PM

Nice design and work – cool.

-- Cheap is expensive! - my Dad

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#7 posted 01-27-2019 09:41 PM

Wow! pallet wood?? your attention to grain pattern is really a triumph … Great execution.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#8 posted 01-28-2019 02:59 AM

Interesting. Thanks for all the great build process photos.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 01-30-2019 01:28 AM

cool looking design. nice work!

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