Here’s a simple shelf that I built and installed in about an hour one morning. I needed some additional space in the kitchen to store spices. I live and work in an old two story farm house and there just wasn’t a good place to store some things. So… I built this shelf from some black walnut in my cutoff bin. I make custom gunstocks so I end up with a lot of great looking wood that’s too short, too narrow, or has some other defect that won’t make a good looking gunstock.
I flattened and sized two two boards to make the back support and the shelf. Then I cut a dado in the mounting board to match the thickness of the shelf. A quick splash of glue and 3 wood screws, and two 90 degree triangles for support and it was ready to mount.
After using it for a few weeks, I don’t know how I ever got along without it before. I’m going to make a few more to put in other places around the kitchen where I have empty wall space. A circular shelf with sides at 90 degrees to each other will make a great shelves for the ends of my cabinets.
Oh, that’s one other problem that I caused myself… At the last remodel, I just repainted the cabinets to save money, One of the drawers was missing, so I took a wild cherry cutoff and made a replacement drawer. I didn’t have the heart to paint over the beautiful grain, so I rubbed in a couple of coats of tung oil and waxed the face plate. Now every time I get out a fork or spoon, I see the contrast between the beautiful drawer and the rest of the cabinets. I don’t know how much longer I can stand looking at the white cabinets…
-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com