Shelves from old interior doors

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Project by rockmolsen posted 02-12-2014 01:35 AM 2076 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to the Brooklyn flea market last summer and a guy there was selling these for about $250. My wife liked them and asked if I would make her one. I found a bunch of old doors at yard sales and Craigslist. The doors are old and already a bit distressed. Made the shelves from 3/4” cabinet grade plywood and added an 1 1/2 edgeband to the front of the shelf. The second picture shows a little “foot detail” cut in the bottom. Several people saw it (the first one pictured) and commissioned me to make one for them. I’ve sold 3 so far. With the blue one, the customer wanted a “beachy” look for their bathroom. I used vinegar and steel wool that sat in a mason jar for about a week. Brushing this on weathers the wood and I was going for a “driftwood” look. Its nice to find a door with the old hardware still intact.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#1 posted 02-12-2014 01:54 AM

I have always wanted to make one of these for our house. I just haven’t gotten around to it. Yours are real nice. Nice that you were able to sell a couple too.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 02-12-2014 02:25 PM

Very cool! I love the look. The blue one is definitely beachy, and great that you’re able to use recycled materials to make some money.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#3 posted 02-12-2014 02:57 PM

Very cool….........I have never seen something quite like this. Love the fact that the door handle still on…..that really “makes” the piece.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 02-12-2014 03:29 PM

I have used old doors in many ways, but this is great. Great reuse.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 02-13-2014 12:07 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thanks for Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 02-13-2014 01:03 AM

Great looking project very cool .

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#7 posted 02-13-2014 03:31 PM

Hi Rick,

I remember this when we went to the flea market!
This is so much better than the one we saw!
You are such a great artist,

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