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Look Ma, No Shelf Plans, No Shelf…. Really?

 

Conceal INVISIBLE BOOKSHELF floating book shelf lg.Keep your home looking stylishly organized with this incredible metal bookshelf. Stacks books against your wall for a futuristic, gravity-defying look. Simply slide the shelf between the back cover of one book, stack the rest on top to completely cover, and VOILA you’ve got an invisible bookshelf.

Holds up to 20 lb (9 kg). 10″ max book depth. Hardware for mounting is included. Recommended that you screw directly into a stud.

Made of durable powder coated steel in a sleek, silver finish. Shelf measures approximately 7″W x 5.5″H x 6.5″D.

Price: $ 19.99

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Illustration from a set of shelf plans exploding the parts so the user can see how each part relates to the whole

How the Parts of the Shelf Relate

How To Build Shelves Is An Easy  First Woodworking Project

Most things are easy to start if you follow three steps, which I call the keys, to your success in woodworking.  A contractor knows he needs

plans before he builds, the tailor knows he needs a pattern before he makes a suit, and a good woodworker knows he needs a set of shelf plans before he tackles a shelf building project.

Shelf plans can be found virtually anywhere.  Free ones and ones for purchase are on the web, there are books in the reference sections of the major home improvement stores, and books abound at your own public library.  If this is your first shelf project, you would be well advised to buy a set of quality shelf plans which will guide you step-by-step through project and will also include lists of the materials and tools you will need.

Some would tell you to pick the design first, but given these trying times, my advice is to determine your budget first.  Once you have determined the price range of your project, then you are ready to begin your basic research for designs and materials.

Your second task will be selecting your design.  Literally, thousands of woodworking designs are available at the click of your mouse.  Your design will be dependent in greatest part on two factors.  The location of the shelves.  Are you planning to build garage storage shelves or furniture quality book shelves?  What will the weight or load be on the shelves you  are planning?  Knowing these facts then frees you to begin evaluating shelf plans for your exact purpose.

Pictured are three small boat hulls standing upright on the sterns' transoms with additional cross members from port to starboard creating shelves.

Books and Ships Ahoy!

Last, but certainly not least, learn all you can about the project you will be building and practice with the tools you’ll use if you are rusty or have never used a particular tool before.  You’ll often find too that you can learn a great deal from family members and/or friends who have shelf building experience.  Asking for and receiving help from others is a wonderful way to solidify bonds with them too.  It opens the door for reciprocal give and take in the future and allows for the sharing our most precious assets, our  time and our knowledge.

Have fun with your project and do take a minute to evaluate the quality and the many choices you will have when you purchase your shelf plans from this premier woodworker from Iowa.

 

Woodworking Builds an Appreciation for Artisan Work

 

An interest in woodworking usually begins when a person needs something functional or practical like a bookcase for the

Rich wood finish is gorgeous on this classic, but modern book made to be a part of an impressive entry or plush living room.

Classic Bookshelves in Rich Wood

children’s room or shelves in the garage. In my case, it all started with me years ago after a cabinet maker made some desks to order for my real estate office.

You see, selling real estate is a business that leaves no tangible product even when you’ve done your job flawlessly.   I was deeply struck by the tangible nature of the beautiful work the cabinet maker left when his job was finished.  You could touch and feel it, and you could admire its beauty and functionality. You could really appreciate his work as an artist.

That was the day I not only became interested, but decided I would begin to make things out of wood too.   My grandfather had been the mill superintendent of our local lumber yard and he introduced me to woodworking with the pieces he had built for my grandmother.   My favorite was a bookcase cabinet with glass doors.  Realizing a project that intricate would come later, I settled for building some storage shelves and a work table for my outside utility room at home.

My first lesson came when my shelf plans told me I would need certain tools, which we had on hand. In addition, the shelf plans also taught me about using jigs for sawing precisely to make two things I would need… simple sawhorses. They came out very well, and I was hooked on woodworking.

The shelf plans were straightforward and soon I had two wall shelves up, and then decided I needed a counter or work area of sorts for the little utility room. I took another lesson from my office cabinet maker who had filled a similar space in my office. He made a table for our microfiche machine (remember those?), so I borrowed the idea for my narrow utility room.

The room was about six feet wide, so I bought a plain, ordinary six foot interior door at the lumber yard. I used a dark stain on it and voila, it became a 30 inch counter. The supports for my top were made as follows using 2 by 4 pieces of lumber just as my office carpenter had done.

I bought three, eight foot long 2 X 4’s. The supports were two, eight foot long 2 X 4’s each cut into two, three foot lengths with two feet left over. The third board gave me two more two foot lengths and left me with a four foot scrap length which I chose to use to make my counter have even more support in the back by the wall.

The main supports were these rectangles I built with the two foot lengths forming the base and the top as headers and footers for additional weight bearing capacity. The three foot lengths were the front and back vertical members in between. Both of these finished pieces were pushed back to the wall and secured to it for stability. These rectangles formed the base or the “legs” of the table.

For added stability, I placed my door counter top on its new supports, then got on the floor and used a pencil to mark the wall horizontally

An exploded view illustration from a set of book shelf plans

Shelf Plans Show How It Fits Together

where the bottom of the table top struck the back wall. I put screw holes in my wood, held my wood up to the line where the table top would rest and used my drill to mark the wall in two places about twelve inches from each end of my four foot long 2 X 4 scrap piece.

It was finished by preparing the wall to receive my fasteners, then attaching the scrap piece to the wall. Once the table top was set back into place, it was completely sturdy and I felt like the queen of my castle. Yes, I’m a gal who just loves woodworking. It’s really just like sewing to me, but for different patterns, tools, and materials. We haven’t lived in that house for twenty-one years, but I’d bet the work table is still there.

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