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Monday
Jul132015

Repurposed Airport Runway Light Box Bookcase

Hey friends.  Got another recent project that has been on the back burners for a while.  The difference with this one is I knew what I've wanted to do to it since day one!  The local airport was doing away with these outdated runway boxes and I got word that many were headed to the dump for scrap value.  I had to step in!  Haha.

The light box was built like a tank.  After finally getting the initial bolts off, I could see what I was dealing with inside.  It was a lot more work at that point.  There was a fair amount of wires and lots of gunk from years of use.  Not to mention years of sun-baked bird poop on the outside.  Don't worry -- it's completely gone now!

The first step was a very thorough visit with the power washer and magic eraser.  And then some more elbow grease after that.  I took the back acrylic panel out and reinstalled the front panel into the back slot to allow room for the custom shelves.  

I made custom shelves and distressed them and lastlly added some vintage yardsticks across the front for more character. 

I left the original markings on the top to give the history of the cool structure.

This bad boy is ready for years of use and enjoyment.  It can be seen at Timeline Antiques in Shreveport, LA or in my Etsy shop for purchase.

Measurements:  57" tall; 27" wide; 10" deep.

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