Simple Bookshelf from reclaimed wood

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About This Project

Built entirely from reclaimed wood (plywood, scraps, and left over trim). Using what was on hand, adjusted the plans to be 39 3/4" tall and 36" wide, and added a toe kick. This took a couple of afternoons to build and finish. Painted with black semi-gloss paint and stained with Walnut stain. The plywood is from other projects that were disassembled and ripped to 1x12 size boards. The trim is a mix of S4S, mini stop, and oak shelf edge. This was a fun build, and it fits perfectly under the TV.

Note- I'm not sure why the lead-in picture comes up sideways when you click to expand it -- does anyone have advice on what to do to the picture to make it expand without rotating? It worked fine when I attached it below under 'additional photos.'

Pine plywood, birch plywood, pine and oak boards and trim
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Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Black semi gloss paint (Ace Royal), Minwax express color in Walnut (2 coats) and 1 coat Minwax Oil Modified water based poly over everything.
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Joanne, you're a building machine! I'm inspired by how much you've built and how soon you complete your newest projects. Love that we both built birthday gifts that are black and stained reclaimed wood. =D We're in sync.

I'm still learning about building. Could you explain what S4S is and mini stop? Also, can we be friends on here? I'd love to continue tracking your work.

Yvonne @

Yvonne, thanks so much for the nice comments! We love the black and walnut furniture, it's becoming our motif in the living room. I've added some links to the trims I used on this project.

This is the mini stop moulding I like to use for edging shelves, decorating cabinet doors, and on my island and pantry, used it instead of quarter-round at the floor on the base moulding.

This is the 1/2" x 3/4" S4S (surfaced 4 sides) moulding I used on this one. It's also available in 3/4" x 3/4". This makes great edging for plywood, but it's so versatile I've used it for drawer slides and lots of other projects too.

Here's the shelf edge. Mine was oak but it's the same shape as this:

PS - you're in my friends list! :) Joanne

Thank you for sharing the links and information and for the friendship. :)

I'd like to play with adding some trim to furniture I will build for my daughter's room, since we are using a more traditional/classic style in there. Everything I built for our living room is un-trimmed.

I also am still learning about wood types. Since I shop for lumber in my garage and at a re-use warehouse, I usually have no idea what woods I am working with. I paint the wood based on the look I'm trying to achieve, and I stain it for the same reason too. Then someone gently critiqued my use of lumber, remarking that I should not paint reclaimed wood, that I should paint fir and pine, leave reclaimed wood natural, and only stain wood with grain patterns, or I am not using the wood optimally.

Of course, real life confuses me because the mini stop and S4S you shared are "stain grade pine," and look darker than the pine I've seen. I'll definitely keep a look out for them when building for my daughter's room and maybe even our bedroom (which only has a bed and some closet space, but we're building for it last.)

Also, I dropped by a big box store to pick up plexiglass for a new project and I came across signs for wood called "Common Board." Needless to say, I am confused. lol.

=D Are you working on a new project, too? I am definitely look forward to your next step.

Yvonne @

Hi Yvonne,
I do the same thing! I'll use whatever's on hand in my garage before going out to buy a board, and paint or stain them to make the project look the way I'd like it to. This summer I'm on a mission to use up my scraps and disassembled projects that have been cut into standard sizes. My current project is another bathroom vanity retrofit to make it look like a Napoleon vanity. This one will be blue with a walnut glaze. I'm working on some little drawers to go in front of the sink. I'll post a brag when it's all done. PS - out here in Maryland our Lowes calls those boards "whitewood" boards. They are a lot cheaper than the hardwood boards and select pine, but you do have to look through them harder to make sure to get straight ones. For those I think the wood species the stores offer depends on the region you are in. Our Lowes' trim selection is limited in the narrow sizes, so they only carry stain grade for those.