Bookcase from trash

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Project by Hibernicvs posted 03-18-2008 07:59 PM 1922 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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And a beautiful shot of a lamp base, too. This started life as an obviously much-rebuilt plant stand I found in the dumpster behind the building where I live. The design was okay, but the execution was very poor—nails and screws (all of different sizes), the shelves mis-fit into dadoes, etc. I turned it upside down, planed down the warping and cupping, sanded it smooth, added “trim” made out of old sign posts I found (almost 1×2, but we’re talking cheap wood here; measurements were not an important factor in their manufacture, which gave me room to plane them down and shape them and have good wood left over to router), then screwed on a piece of scrap plywood I found for a top (where the bottom used to be). The back is hardboard from a changing table I found in the trash and dismantled for wood. The only things I bought, aside from the supplies like new screws and stain, were a sheet of 1/4 lauan plywood and the edge beading, and those were scrap from another project. I stained the whole thing ebony to hide the discolored wood, and it worked well. Three coats of polyurethane and it was ready to go … except that I discovered that the shelves were too close together to hold “normal” sized hardbound books. It’s a paperback haven now.

-- Hibernicvs

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#1 posted 03-18-2008 08:06 PM

Nice piece – just goes to confirm that “dumpster diving” does pay off sometimes.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 03-18-2008 08:29 PM

One Man’s Trash is another Man’s Treasure. Nice Job.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#3 posted 03-18-2008 09:02 PM

Hard work always pays off.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#4 posted 03-19-2008 01:58 AM

Great Save, I had to haul some stuff to the landfill today. Such a waste of wood going on there.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 03-19-2008 01:37 PM

What really pains me is driving down the street and seeing all the perfectly good items, or needing only a small repair to make them useful, being thrown out. I suppose it’s a good thing I have only a one bedroom apartment, or it would be overflowing with all the furniture and semi-raw materials I see being discarded. I helped one guy in our church choir, a recent immigrant, to furnish most of his apartment with stuff I “rescued,” some of it needing no repair at all. Now he says he should have taken everything I offered, because the items he bought new are falling apart already, after less than a year. In that sense, I guess I’m a follower of R. Buckminster Fuller, do more with less, only I modify that slightly by adding, “only make sure that it’s better than what the others are doing when they use more to get less, or less to get less.” Inexpensive furniture that falls apart after a few years is no bargain. Just be sure to choose the right good thing first, so you won’t be tempted to “change decor” every couple of years.

-- Hibernicvs

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#6 posted 08-13-2008 04:56 PM

looks just dandy ! way to recycle : )

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