I've loved the Rustic X series from the first plan (the console table) but none of them were things I needed for my home. So when I saw the Rustic X Tall Bookshelf I was thrilled since I have been needing a cookbook shelf in my kitchen, and had been trying to design my own using some form of the X construction. I still needed to customize it, but it was much easier to do from the existing plan. I made it half the height since I wanted it to be flush with my counter, and also wanted it narrower. I had leftover 1 x 12s from another project so I used those, and decided to make two Xs instead of one because of the narrower width. I cut the X's to fit, and used wood glue and 2" nails to secure them from the bottom. Perfect fit for my space!
Built from Plan(s)
$25 in new wood, plus leftovers for shelves
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
I used a technique for oxidizing wood which I read about at The Friendly Home. Hillary does a great detailed tutorial (http://thefriendlyhome.blogspot.ca/2012/07/how-to-oxidize-wood.html) on how to use tea, vinegar and steel wool to give new wood an aged weathered look. Cheap and beautiful! I will absolutely do it again! But it was a bit lighter than I wanted, so I used Minwax Polyshades in Tudor to darken them up and seal the wood.
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