|Project by WudWrkr||posted 07-17-2011 10:15 PM||2410 views||1 time favorited||1 comment|
Here are three country shelves I have just finished finishing – just in time too, because the finish almost finished me! (I’m sorry, but I never apologize for puns…err…well.) See my SOS on the finishing forum http://lumberjocks.com/topics/28250
This is my first serious foray back into my woodshop after stopping (just as I was starting) about three years ago. A Slatted Country Shelf plan caught my eye so I figured if one was good, three would be even better! :)
They are made of #2 common pine and overall approx. 38” wide by 11” high and the brackets are positioned 32” apart to (hopefully) position them over wall studs. I intended for them all to be finished w/shellac, but the god of the lac bugs decided to make an example of me (see finish forum link above). As you can see one is painted white, but the other two are finished with shellac. They have two different tones because I decided to turn this into a learning opportunity and experiment with all the great advice from the forum contributors. I’m thinking of blogging my experience soon, but right now I need to go breath some sawdust to get that shellac tastes out of my mouth! :)
OBTW, I was planning on selling these (maybe the next batch, now) and the pics of the keyhole hanger (which all the shelves have) and the sharpened dowel illustrate a method I am going to provide the lucky recipient to facilitate hanging these beauties. I drilled a 3/16” hole into the bracket at the top of the slot which recieves the blunt end of a 3/16” dowel, leaving about 1/8” of point sticking out.
Carefully positioning the shelf on a wall and pressing in will take the guess work out of using this type of mount. The last pic shows where I am storing them in my shop for now. I had to mount them by myself and I found the following prceedure to work perfectly.
1. Put a dowel in one bracket only.
2. Place a screw in the wall for the other bracket.
3. Have a level in your pocket and slide the ‘other’ bracket over it’s screw.
4. Holding the shelf horizontal, but keeping the dowel point off the wall, place the level on the shelf.
5. Raise the ‘dowel’ side up until level and push into the wall.
6. Remove the shelf, place the second screw in the wall and mount the shelf.
Thanks for looking.
-- Steve - "Dang, no matter how many times I run it through the planer it's still too thin!"