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What i used:
Timber (reclaimed wooden A frames for carrying glass)
Saw (circular, jigsaw and handsaw)
Tape measure + pencil
Cordless drill (with hammer function)
Screws and Rawl plugs
Wood stain (Rustins Light oak)
LED battery powered lights (found in shed, possibly left from xmas)
Things i bought:
Pack of 2 square shelves £3.99
Vintage style mirror £4.99
Love heart boxes with handles £3.99 a pair
2 x vintage style laundry baskets £7.99 each
Step 1: Design Idea
if you haven't got access to a load of pallet wood like i was lucky enough to, then i would reccomend you draw a design so you can work out exactly how much wood you need.
Step 2: Acquire Wood
the second picture is what i was left with after stripping the pallets, but i had about another 10.
Step 3: Start Cutting
Circular saw (jigsaw, handsaw, whatever you have)
One of the pieces i had was 400mm in width, which i decided i would use as it wouldnt use too much of the space i had available. It also meant not having to cut any individual planks in half.
my shelf also had to be 1200mm in length to sit from wall to wall.
using a set square i marked out 2 lines (each one 600mm from the centre so i could keep the central supporting timber intact)
I cut these with a circular saw but you can use which ever saw you have handy.
I also cut a scrap piece to 1200 to be glued to the front later on. (this will give it a more chunky look, and less like reclaimed 18mm pine)
Step 4: Add Wall Support
3 off-cuts of wood
600mm Spirit level
Drill (sds drill or cordless drill with hammer function)
I marked out a spot on the wall at a height i was happy with (around 800mm off the ground)
Then using the spirit level i drew a line around the 3 walls where the shelf would be
then using the drill, i drilled holes in the wall, put in rawl plugs, and then fixed the wood onto the wall with screws.
as long as these are all level, it doesnt matter too much about the apppearance, as it will be covered anyway.
Step 5: Backboard
10mm drill bit
Using another piece of the free timber i collected (pic 1)
i marked out some lines in random places (so all the planks would be different lengths and in a random order)
Then i used the drill bit to put a hole on each line, this would allow me to get the jigsaw blade in and cut the lines.
Picture 2 is the finished shape
Step 6: Sanding
Sandpaper (60 grit 100 grit 120 grit)
Using a power sander i give a light sanding working from 60 grit (roughest) up to 120 grit to get a smooth edge on top.
i sanded any hard to reach corners edges by hand.
Step 7: Mounting and Staining the Shelf
Rustins 'light oak' stain
I applied a light (and i mean light) squirt of wood glue to the wall support before quickly lying the shelf on top.
Using the cordless, i sunk 3 screws into each wall support for a bit of extra strength.
Then the 1200mm piece i cut and saved earlier was to be glued and screwed to the front to make it look less like a pallet.
once it was all screwed in place i decided to stain it now, to give me time to work on some more bits on the backboard.
Using a sponge i applied a light even coat to the full shelf, then left it to dry.
Step 8: Adding to the Backboard
Hole cutting drill bit
Screws (to hang box shelves and add extra support to the back)
Using the hole cutting drill bit i cut out two pairs of holes in random places (picture 2)
Then using the jigsaw i cut the holes into heart shapes
(light sanding on the cuts to get rid of sharp edges)
Then i flipped it over, and used some of the off cuts to screw into the planks to keep it fairly sturdy. (remembering to avoid putting any behind the hearts i had cut out)
Then as per the square shelf hanging instructions i added screws to allow the shelves to be fitted later on.
Also a screw was added to hang the mirror on later.
Step 9: Stain Backboard
Rustins 'light oak stain'
Just like last time, a light and even coat of stain applied using the sponge, and then its left to dry before moving.
Step 10: Add Lights
i held the lights in place with some tape first to test the placement.
Then i secured them with some little 'U' shaped tacks i found in my toolbox.
Step 11: Secure Backboard to Wall
Drill 8mm masonry bit and 8mm wood bit)
Using the wood bit i drilled through the wood and then the masonry bit to go through the wall.
Inserted rawl plugs and then screwed the backboard to the wall.
(i put the screws in places the mirror and shelves would cover)