From Yesteryear – Really “Cool” Shelf Plans
When I saw this little set of shelf plans, I was excited because it is not only simple to build, but when finished, it is quite an accent piece for an informal living area, the college dorm, or a teen’s bedroom. This picture is a bit nostalgic for me because I haven’t seen a phonograph turntable in a long time, but we’re still putting sound equipment up on shelves . Sound equipment modules are still just about the size, only today they play CDs, DVDs, and Digital Music files from a memory card.
Here’s what you’ll need to complete this simple woodworking project. Buy one 4’ X 8’ sheet of half-inch plywood which you will later cut into the shelving pieces. Other lumber you’ll be required to get will be 2, 8 foot 2 X 4’s, one 8 foot 1 X 3 board, and a 1 x 1 inch board to use as corner braces for each shelf. You’ll also need 1/8-inch steel cable, crimp bands (4 for each shelf), wood veneer tape, and either contact cement or would putty and your choice of wood finish.
As you can see from the picture, this is a really attractive designer type shelf with a very functional use. Your ultimate success with this particular project is really due to just a few things. Actually these are the basic things which generally make a big difference in every woodworking project you ever build. It is very important to choose the best wood you can find when making your purchase. Be sure to look closely at your lumber to make sure it is straight and that the wood itself is clean and clear.
After you are satisfied you’ve chosen the finest wood available, the most important job you will have is to ensure each of your lattice pieces are cut exactly the same length. Then, as you attach the lattice pieces, be sure the space between each lattice never varies. Finally, enhance the beauty of your wood with a light finish or whatever accent color of paint you would want to use. Each room’s décor is different, but when done correctly, this unique shelf is a stunning accent piece.