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We sort of have a Wood-Craft/Bohemian/Bookworm thing going for our home decor - see in background of pics above. I recently made a bookshelf from a small 1931 cast-iron hobby lathe and a hunk of reclaimed barn/house beam from here in Toulouse. I cleaned both the beam section and lathe up a little, chamfered the top of the piece, mortised in a couple of oak runners to serve as feet and the keep the ends of the beam from splitting. added some stain to the wood, some light sanding, and three coats of water-based satin poly to finish it up.

The lathe was then bolted on using some vintage flat-head screws that I pulled out of another section the same beam and I added one of my bowls to give the books a proper purchase on the drive side. The tool rest is turned and mounted on the other side to keep the books upright.

Pictured here on a drop-leaf table just to show. It is now sitting against the wall on top of a sugar-chest and under a painting by the front door. My wife loves it, which matters if one wants a happy life.

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The piece in the background of the first picture is very "Dewey-decimal system." I like it.
 

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I like your decor, especially the ladder …... great idea.
Maybe you could do a little marquetry with that fine looking press ….....
 

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Very creative. Is that a book press on top of your card catalog?
 

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Mann thats cool, love the decor also
 

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Lucasd2002 - My kids have no idea what it is. I told my 14 year old that it was "What Google used to look like…"

Matt Stauffer - thank you and yep, it is a 1920's brass and iron tucking press. I use it for making journals as gifts and personal book repair/binding

shipwright- Thank you. It is an old fruit pickers ladder that I refinished and hung. I thought about putting it on here, but haven't yet. I have a larger press at home in the US (covered and mothballed in the garage) that I got I got for $200 at a Univ. WA auction. It has an 19" opening and a 2'X2' press face. I have used it to press segments for bowls as I SUCK at marquetry.

mcoyfrog - Thank you. My wife let me go and only said no to the anvil for a sofa table.
 

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That is one beautiful bookshelf! I love old industrial tools used as home decor. I'm not as lucky as you though, my wife doesn't allow it in the house (yet). Guess I just need to find the right piece to get the ball rolling. What a great idea you had using a lathe as "book ends".
 

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Totaly cool idea! Looks great too!
 

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ha ha I think I would love the look of the anvil but i'm sure my foot would find it every single time LOL

Very wise wife
 

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Wow, I have the same old lathe in my workshop, pick it up for $30.00 cdn - I fell in love with it clean it up and was going to hang in on the wall in the work shop, but after seeing what you have done with yours I'm going to move it into the house.

Wow , je dois la même vieille tour dans mon atelier , le ramasser pour 30,00 $ cdn - je suis tombé en amour avec elle nettoyer et allais à accrocher dans le mur dans la boutique de travail , mais après avoir vu ce que vous avez fait avec vôtre je vais le déplacer dans la maison . Vous faites très beau travail , keep it up . Désolé pour mon Français Canadiennes.
 
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