From start to finish this took precisely 96:09 minutes. I arrived at that number because that is the combined length of the Flaming Lips' album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Bob Dylan's infamous, The Times They are a-Changin' and the first song off of Elliott Smith's album Figure 8.
The only materials I used were two pre-cut acrylic sheets, a thin extruded aluminum bar, decorative ribbon, wool yarn and four wood screws. The tools that were used include a hacksaw, a pair of scissors, a screwdriver, a ladder and two office chairs.
Follows is what I did and how I did it.
Step 1: Problem Solving
Step 2: Gather Materials
In this case it involved:
- aluminum extrusion
- pre-cut acrylic
- 4 wood screws
- 2 chairs
- a ladder
- a screwdriver
- a hacksaw
Step 3: Cut the Aluminum
Step 4: Tension
Pull your ribbon through the center of one piece of extruded aluminum and back through the center of the other.
At one end tie a loop. I tied mine using a figure 8 knot. Cut the ribbon free from the spool leaving a few extra inches worth. Pass these extra inches through the loop and then pull it back to create a high tension.
Tie the free end of the ribbon to the taught part of the cord using a slipknot and pull it until very tight. You should now have an assembled shelf.
Step 5: Prepare to Hang
What I did was pass the yarn one way through one side of the aluminum extrusion. Once I got it through, I wrapped it around a chair leg and pulled it back through the other way.
The yarn should now be doubled up (i.e. passed through twice). Grab both strings on both ends and pull them until you have an equal amount of yarn about six to ten feet long on each side.
One side should have two loose ends. Knot these loose ends together.
Repeat the entire process for the aluminum bar on the other side of the shelf.
Step 6: Hang
If you don't have beams, you can insert two wood screws near the ceiling into one of the studs. To attach the string, just wrap it around the screws a few times and then knot it to itself a few times.