Lending / Exchange Library

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Project by linjay posted 12-03-2012 06:01 PM 1428 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and daughter asked me to make a lending/exchange library. This is what I came up with. My wife did all the decorating, painting and staining. Apparently neighbourhood exchange libraries are becoming very popular. I must say I was really surprised to see how much this was used. Neighbours enthusiatically supported it and it was full within a matter of days after it was put up. Every time we go there there are some different books.

I made this entirely from scrap lumber. The sides, front and shingles are western red cedar recovered from a cedar tongue and groove ceiling scraps in my neighbours cottage next door. Prior to that it was an electric utility pole. The shingles were glued to the base plywood with contact cement. The back is 1/4” fir plywood that’s been around for at least 20 years. The support bracket is red oak left over from a staircase build. The bracket is mounted to the tree with threaded rod screwed right into the tree. The mounting took a little time but was worth it because it permitted easy leveling and allows for future tree growth.

-- It's easy when you know how - but that's the hard part. Ontario, Canada

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#1 posted 12-03-2012 06:20 PM

looks very nice. Where I live, the city has started putting these up in neighborhoods as well. It sounds like they’re getting a lot of use and (to my surprise) people are actually returning the bookds.

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#2 posted 12-03-2012 06:28 PM

What a neat idea. Best of luck on making your exchange library a success. Very nice build.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 12-03-2012 06:49 PM

That’s cool, I like that. Nice job on the workmanship of the lil’ building.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#4 posted 12-03-2012 07:03 PM

Never heard of them, but it’s a great idea. Good job

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-03-2012 10:45 PM

That looks nice…

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 12-03-2012 11:21 PM

Who could resist putting a book in that delightful library? Wow how very nicely made it is. You are building a community in your neighbourhood with your cool endeavour, well done.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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