Back in Jr. High and the first two years of High School, I was subjected to shop class. At the time I was not very talented in the manual arts, so to speak. Because of my perceived lack of talent, I didn't think much of of my projects and most of them either were burnt in the wood stove or got thrown in the swamp. This little book rack survived. It was supposed to be stylized cats from a pattern from the early 60s or late 50s. I always thought it looked like either snails or dinosaurs.
Over the years it has held books and other things. The picture on the right shows what it holds today. Talk about an odd couple, a bunny rabbit and a ballerina cow in a tutu!!
I can see where I glued two pieces of wood together with a tongue and groove joint to have a piece wide enough to cut out the ends. Today a woodworker would use a biscuit joiner to cut grooves for the biscuits to make a strong glue joint. Some years back the joint on one end did let go and I re-glued it. Other than that it has survived the years fairly well.