cleaning out my scrap bins #4: a quick build for a rustic wall decoration.

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by hobby1 posted 08-12-2014 02:13 AM 1587 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: another rustic table Part 4 of cleaning out my scrap bins series Part 5: more tree branch projects »

Today I threw together another quick branch piece, I have this one branch, that just isn’t bulky enough to be used in a coffee table format, so a light duty wall ornament, with shelfs came to mind.

I started out by making two hanging blocks with a drilled hole in the same place on both blocks for attaching the unit with a screw on both ends for hanging the piece, then I drilled and doweled and glued each block to each end of the branch, then finally shot some 1 1/4” brads through the blocks into the branch ends to secure them.

Then to get the shelfs to be level, I drew a straight line parrallel with the edge of a piece of plywood, and temporarily fastened nails onto the line, so as to hang the branch up on there hanging blocks.

Then clamped the whole setup in my tables vice, and used my level to level the drawn line.

That now situates the branch, I used 2 dowels to hold each shelf to the branch, so I needed to drill 3/8” dia. holes into the branch where each shelf will go.

To make sure the shelf would be level, I now could put my 2’ level up against the branch and draw a level line on each side on the front face of the branch.

With the lines drawn I could now drill holes for the dowels, at the line locations, this insures the shelf will be level with the hanging blocks.

From there it was assembling the shelfs gluing and brad nailing.

Then before the final stain job, I wanted to give the branch some details that hopefully will catch the buyers attention to bid on it, and those details were putting spiral grooves and different cutins using my dremel and a round nose cutter.

Then hit it with stain, and here is the result.

Also, here is the collection of tree branch tables I have now ready for the auction this week.
These and the branch shelf will go together this week.

have fun in the shop.

4 comments so far

View stefang's profile


15881 posts in 3335 days

#1 posted 08-12-2014 09:35 AM

All of these tables and the shelf look great. It’s hard to beat natural shapes for beauty, balance and symmetry. Excellent work as always Hobby1.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View hobby1's profile


335 posts in 2298 days

#2 posted 08-12-2014 01:23 PM

Thankyou Mike.

View handsawgeek's profile


645 posts in 1396 days

#3 posted 08-12-2014 01:32 PM

Very creative use of natural materials. Nice work!

-- Ed

View hobby1's profile


335 posts in 2298 days

#4 posted 08-12-2014 03:10 PM

Thankyou , Ed.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics