- Circular Saw
- Saber Saw with furniture quality blade
- Philips driver bit
- #6 pilot bit
- 1/8 inch drill bit
- 1/2 inch drill bit
- Tape measure
- Nail set
- 1/4 inch quarter round router bit
- One 12 foot long 1x12
- Three 8 foot 1x12s
- One 8 foot 1x6
- Box of 1-1/4 inch #6 Philips screws
- Ten six inch 1x2s
- Box 2 inch finish nails
- Wood filler
- Putty knife
- Multiple grades of sandpaper
|Center the 1x2 shelf rests as shown.|
Cut the shelves the length you want them. I made these 3-1/2 feet long. You can adjust the length, but if they are over 3-1/2 feet long you'll want to add more stiffeners behind the other shelves if you do (see below).
Set the shelves on top of the shelf rests. Apply glue to the top of the shelf rests and ends of the shelves. You can use bungee cords to hold the sides against the shelf while you fasten them in place. Tap finish nails into the shelf rests to hold them in place. Drill 1/8 inch pilot holes through the sides into the ends of the shelves. It will look like the picture to the right underneath each shelf. Spread wood filler into the nail holes, level with the putty knife and let it dry. Then sand the nail hole filler the shelves and all the flat surfaces and edges. After the glue sets, lay the shelf on its back and route the top and bottom of the front sides of each shelf. Sand everything smooth.
|Attach the stiffener to the back of the bottom shelf|
|Note the position of the top stiffener board.|
Use a wiping oil stain and good quality polyurethane varnish. Do three to 5 coats of varnish. Allow each coat to cure for at least 4 hours and sand with fine sandpaper or steel wool between coats.
You can use this anything anywhere. It's cute and even if it comes out a little rough, the oil stain gives it a rustic look that adds to the charm of the piece. My wife loves that little shelf, as much because my son and I built it.