Every board of this bookcase is full of character—nail
holes, gouges and even hammer marks. That’s because
each piece was pulled from an old Montgomery Ward
warehouse in Baltimore.
Originally part of a large shelving system built more than 75
years ago, our reclaimed boards still retained a dusty aroma and had
mellowed to a rich warm color. These unique characteristics influenced
the design of our bookcase—straightforward and reminiscent
of rustic folk furniture. The bookcase is constructed from 3/4"
boards. Unlike most plywood-backed bookcases, the back of this
bookcase is assembled from individual pieces splined together.
To build this piece you’ll need a tablesaw, a jointer, a router
and a biscuit joiner—although you could use a doweling jig.
A large assembly table or a make-shift work surface made
from a 3/4" plywood sheet laid over sawhorses is a must.
Figure on spending about three days in your shop to complete