This wooden shelf project made from rustic lumber creates an instant link with the past, adding instant history to your Cozy Home or Tiny House.

I recently parted with some salvage lumber from my summer project, tearing down an old 9,000 sq. ft. wooden commercial building. It consisted of three distinct building sections. A window into past construction techniques on what worked and what did not stand the test of time. More on that later…

Selling these old growth boards… now were easily talking 100-150+ year old wood was made easier for me when I found out the buyer’s intentions, making a rustic shelf. So I cherry picked the best “character filled” ones knowing they would get a 2nd chance to shine. These particular boards were from 2”x6” wall studs from the middle section dated by some really cool graffiti we found around 1946.

This kind of wood is getting harder to come so if you ever get a chance at some, take it! Seeing this lumber reused to live on another 100 years is really cool…

From Dimi…


Here are some pictures of my bookshelf project and a little info of what I did.


  • Measure and cut 10 pieces at 36 inch long to make 5 total shelves.
  • I lightly sanded the reclaimed wood with a 220 paper and rotary sander
  • Lightly stained the wood with “early American” stain
  • Sanded again to take some of the stain off in certain spots
  • Applied one coat of clear satin Polyurethane
  • I used the Kreg Jig to combine 2 pieces together to make 5 wider shelf’s
  • Used Black galvanized pipe and flanges to connect the shelves

Thanks, Dimi

Now what you have been waiting for…

Sorting the Wood













Matching the Pieces






















Check out the “Old Timey” Saw Blade Marks


Securing the Boards Together


Painting the Metal Pieces


Finished Shelf










Complete With Nails










Beautifully Distressed










What an amazing conversation piece complete with bragging rights, all this bundled up in an awesome shelf to boot! I hope these pictures inspire you too like they did me. Buried behind the walls of old buildings are some truly beautiful boards, just waiting for a 2nd chance like this. Some more furniture ideas if you like what you see.

A special Thanks to Demi for sharing it with us.

Cozy, Kevin B Harrington