|Project by GeoBuk||posted 02-20-2012 03:26 PM||1118 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
These are replacement shelves I made for a neighbor. They fit on the ends of an outdoor shelter for his grill, which I think of as a sort of cabana.
They are made of 6/4” Radiata Pine. Each one was made from a 19” by 60” board that was glued up from 2 pieces with 1/2” hardwood dowels. I made a template from the old shelves and cut shape on band saw.
After sanding, I gave them a coat of an oil-based primer. I followed with 2 coats of oil-based gloss deck/floor enamel. I treated the bottom side the same as the top.
Next came the fun part, the black accent rim. I did this by marking with my compass and taping the line. The best thing I learned is what another neighbor suggested. That was to use vinyl tape for masking. I bought some 1/2” at an auto parts store and 1/4” wide at an office supply store. The 1/4” was great for tight radius at ends, the 1/2” was fine for gentle curves in middle. I stretched it slightly as I was applying and was able to make nice curves. I was very careful to pressure the tape with my thumbs to ensure a tight fit.
I applied 1 coat of the flat black enamel and after 24 hours of drying, I carefully pulled the tape.
The idea for the accent came after I finished painting the boards. The boards were large and very plain and needed something more.
-- George in Missouri