We recently shared an in-progress shot of a pair of bookends we'd been working to make and are excited to share the final, completed designs. Find the full tutorial in our latest project post over on eHow.
You might recognize the salvaged wood beam we used in this project as the same wood we used to make our holiday card holder this past winter. During the fall we'd stumbled across a few sections of these old beams that had been tossed in the alleyway and headed for the landfill, during one of our morning walks in the neighborhood. Not wanting to pass up such an amazing find, we scooped up 3 of the beams not knowing what we'd end up doing with them — all in the name of DIY. As we've said before, they just don't make 100 year old beams anymore and the weathered, reclaimed finish on these pieces is unbeatable.
The process for making these bookends is moderately simple if you have the wood shop tools — we made these two with the help of an adjustable workbench, circular saw, palm sander and a healthy sealer as a finish. I love how all the imperfections in the wood come through, like the old nail in one of the sliced facets:
We're so pleased with how they turned out that we've decided to test them as an offering in my Etsy shop to gauge interest. They just might pioneer a small offering of handcrafted goods among the regular vintage finds I collect for the shop.
Depending on the location and history of the wood used to make a pair of these, they could make a meaningful and customized gift idea for housewarmings, weddings, graduations or retirements. Head on over to eHow to find our full tutorial with step-by-step instructions for making a pair of your own geometric wooden bookends!