This month's challenge is reclaimed wood, one of my favorite materials to use. To me, reclaimed wood is any wood that you save from the dump or from being burned.
I was recently visiting my husband's family and my brother-in-law had a lovely stack of grey, weathered wood that he had saved for me from a neighbor. I knew some of it had to become a bookshelf.
I started by brushing the wood with a wire brush to remove loose pieces. I didn't want to sand it because I would lose all of that lovely weathered patina.
I cut 4 pieces 5 feet tall. I should have cut 2 5'1" long for the back, but I made this "mistake" work. I attached a side piece to a back piece,
so I had 2 L shaped pieces.
I then measured across the top of the bookshelf and cut a board this length (241/2") and secured it with 2" screws. Notice how it is sitting back from the front edges. Had I cut the two back pieces 1" longer I would have avoided this issue.
I then measured the inside of the shelf across the bottom and cut 4 more shelves this length (22 1/2"). Screw the bottom shelf in place. Use clamps when necessary.
I measured down from the top 13 3/4" and marked it with a pencil and then added the next shelf. I did this with the last two shelves as well.
I then added a trim piece on the top across the front.
I have to show two favorite things I have found in the library of our old schoolhouse. This old postcard book
with 1908 Yellowstone postcards in it.
And this Girl From Montana book. I love both of them.
This shelf is a great size--not too big and the grey wood makes me smile!
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