The Discworld bookcase, one of the best diy woodworking pallet projects I’ve made. Based on books by Terry Pratchett, the bookcases from the library at Unseen University are where books of great magic have their own life and personalities and are so dangerous they need chaining to the shelves 😉
‘There was the occasional zip and sizzle of a magical discharge, and an octarine spark would flash from shelf to shelf. Chains clinked, faintly.’ Equal Rites
Ive been reading the books for a while and needed a decent dedicated bookshelf to hold them on. The patterning from the Lichtenberg figure lends itself well to the magic arcing and scorching the timber and it finishes it off really well.
Pics here on my FB https://goo.gl/B1L2DX
Timber from the Air-conditioning distrigutor on the industrial trading estate (or Park 🙂 thanks Bill) excellent thickness, you remember i made the skull chair a few weeks back using the thicker lumps that make the runners, these have close to 10×2 as the top slats. I used 5 planks in total to make this with some small bits left over.
Freehanded the slots for the shelves, doing that and making sure the slots are straight means you can force twists to be straighter and it helps a lot with structural integrity. Having 3 sides to glue the shelf too is really strong.
Added the logo which i printed out and spray glued on, then went over with the router and cnc bits to outline the design. I used the pyrography pen to then darken the grooves so it would stand out.
CNC bits here
The top coving is made up of multiple layers of the standard stuff you get in builders merchants, keep stacking and layering it on. I used up all my old coving offcuts which is always a treat when youve been hoarding them for years.
The bottom coving is 6×1 pallet planks with a roman ogee and a quarter round curve stacked and layered on each other. Both top and bottom being oversized make the piece stand out that little bit more than using standard sized trim.
Lichtenberg all over, good fun, highly dangerous! Do your homework, heres the video i made on how its done in more detail. If you are going to do this then research, research, research. You can ask me questions and ill help you as much as i can, but go and do your research first so you understand pretty much whats going on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwrIPgqMSPI
A big thank you to Bill and Debs who came over from the states and looked me up! Pleasure meeting you both, i hope you enjoyed your uk stay! We went for a bit of an explore at Cwmorthin, an abandoned slate mine and i managed to find a length of old chain which suited this project down to the ground.
Abandoned cottages at Cwmorthin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBn-DBMhvMs
I had to cut the chain to length, add a metal plate, weld the chain to the plate, then i dipped it in vinegar to clean some of the rust off, then it went rusty again so I put it in the dishwasher, dried it and applied wax. A friend of mine, Skip, now makes his own natural wax, food safe and suitable for timber as well as metal its great stuff and ive allready nearly blasted through an entire tin on this and other projects.
Olde english or Pirate padlocks from ebay, literally search for those keywords and a few will come up. These ones are the 90mm ones in size. Ive got one left so id better come up with another great project to use it up.
I used Osmo hard wax oil in clear satin to finish and protect the wood, its a great product and gives a hard wearing finish and enhances the timber and the lichtenberg figures.
Many thanks for watching, feel free to ask about any of the process, crack on and make something!
ps no Mr.Butters, i think he was outside having a fight with himself, or something he imagined was getting him