Revealed: Poplar + Cherry Bookshelf

I’m excited. I’m really excited. Not that getting me really excited is particularly hard but go with me on it. Mr. A finished the Poplar + Cherry Bookshelf I wrote about earlier.

Let’s start here. This was one of our old bookshelves. Yes, I’m serious. Yes, it took less about 10 minutes to build. I decided that instead of firewood it should become a boot holder. It will be firewood soon though, once winter is over. Thankfully Mr. A decided we needed a new bookshelf, a real one. It so does not fit into our house. It will fit into our house once it’s done, but right now it just makes the rest of it look bad. Not that it’s particularly hard to achieve.

I admit he finished the new bookshelf a week ago, and for the last week every single day he has been asking me where the blog post is on it.

Answer: I have no idea how to write about it.

Solution: Convince Mr. A to answer your questions while he reads one of his favorite tractor websites. Note that he’s a man of few words, but I had to keep telling him to stop so I could write it all down. He might not say much, but he says a lot when it’s something he really loves.

Me: “How much did this cost to make?”

Mr. A:  “Less than $10.00.”

Me: “Care to explain?”

Mr. A: “I bought the crown moulding at Mardens for about a $1.00 a foot. The poplar was cut (behind his childhood home) from a blow down.  Poplar is typically a wood that no one would consider sawing for lumber because they consider it no good. Most of the time people wouldn’t even cut it for firewood, it’s just considered that low grade. We just happened to cut it and it happened to have a highly figured grain. The cherry from the base was something Bob (my father in law, his Dad) sawed from his chainsaw sawmill like 30 years ago. It had been sitting in the barn ever since. That’s it.”

That’s it. Really. He’s a man of few words. So, without further ado, the new bookshelf!

Eek! I love it.

You also just scored a sneak peak of an upcoming post on our blue bird wedding cake topper, which is currently not completed. My father in law made me the chopping board hanging on the right. It’s so beautiful I had to hang it up. It’s just too nice to use, it’s hanging up for now until I get a nice place for it. He made me one years ago in cherry that I use all the time, so I’m happy to just revel in this new one. Last thing: Yes, that is a painted blue barn board that the old owners put up in the livingroom to make it look all…barnish. Get why we’re doing renovations? You haven’t seen anything yet.

I also have to share this picture. Today I learned how to install hardwood flooring, and spent approximately seven hours doing just that, though not in my own house. I’m pretty proud of myself. I’m pretty sore, but I’m pretty proud of myself. I done good.

Happy Building,



Thankfully, I have Mr. A sitting across from me (while he surfs one of his favorite tractor sites) so I can question him.

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