Re-purposing

As I constantly seem to have an inordinate amount of “extra” books around due to 2-3 coming in for review from publishers per week, picking up used books at sales, acquiring old tomes for research on oddball subjects, and buying the occasional new volume that seems interesting, something needed to be done.

While I have a number of traditional bookcases laying about– jammed to overflowing– I wanted something with more of a Florida recycle feel to it and went spooling.

Dirty, nasty project spools. They are 30 inches wide, 18 high.

Dirty, nasty project spools. They are 30 inches wide, 18 high. Full of mud and bugs.

A good washing to remove dirt, steel wool to remove all-weather labels, followed up by sanding where needed to get rid of splinters and rough edges. Afterall, these will have books on them

A good washing to remove dirt, steel wool to remove all-weather labels and rust from bolts, followed up by sanding where needed to get rid of splinters and rough edges. After all, these will have books on them.

Remove wire remnants and about 100 staples. Kill spiders. Etc.

More washing to get off the dust from the sanding process. Then on to remove wire remnants and about 100 staples (WTF?). Kill spiders. Etc.

Finished with a light golden pecan stain and sealed to keep the original look to the spools. Kept as many markings as I could that hearkened back to its days in industry

Finished with a light golden pecan stain and sealed to keep the original look to the spools while still having them be smooth to the touch. Kept as many markings as I could that hearkened back to their days in industry. Its plywood, after all, so a good seal is needed.

Married them up, installed 3/4" dowels for bookends (six per spool), added casters to the bottom to allow the whole thing to spin.

Married them up, installed 3/4″ dowels for bookends (six per spool, left “in the white” as a contrast), added casters to the bottom to allow the whole thing to spin.

Ceramic and stone mosaic added to the top spool (don't worry, this is in the rough before grout was added)

Ceramic and stone mosaic added to the top spool (don’t worry, this is in the rough before grout was added)

And finished. The whole thing comes apart in two pieces and (sans books) can be rolled to wherever needed). Currently houses 100~ books plus (note Last Stand on Zombie Island hiding out there) plus the occasional random bayonet and small caliber handgun in strategic places. (No kids in my household and no visitors to my home office, so don't throw shade).

And finished, standing just over 36 inches high, about waist level. The whole thing comes apart in two pieces and (sans books) can be rolled to wherever needed). Currently houses 100~ books (note Last Stand on Zombie Island hiding out there) plus the occasional random bayonet and curio. (No kids in my household and no visitors to my home office, so don’t throw shade).

In the end, I think it comes out ok and plus gives me a place to rest my aged briefcase, cigar box and whatever volume I happen to be reading at the time (The Kamikaze Hunters by Will Iredale, about RN Corsairs in the tale end of the Pacific War 1944-45, pretty good so far.)

Total cost: less than $100. Total time: Perhaps 10 hours over 10 days. I dig it.

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About laststandonzombieisland

Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as GUNS.com, Univesity of Guns, Outdoor Hub, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms Talk.com, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at Amazon.com as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the US federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

3 responses to “Re-purposing”

  1. Chuck says :

    With close to 3500 books in my reference library I am always looking for ways to store them. I love this idea. It will be on the next project list. What a great solution. Thanks again. Chuck at gunlab.net

  2. Chuck says :

    If it is okay with you I would like to do a post about building one of these and reference your post in my write up. Chuck at gunlab.net

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