Introduction: Museum Shelf Project

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The other day I found a rock that looks like a foot. This one rock inspired me to build a "Museum Shelf" so I had a place to put it. On it we will set all sorts of neat things that we find in the woods and the creek.

Step 1: Finding a Log for the Museum Shelf

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I found this log in the woods. I used a chainsaw to cut it into three parts. I hacked through it because I wanted to make it look off balance and "backwoods."

Step 2: Looking for Driftwood

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I went to the creek to find driftwood to use for the feet and leg poles.

Step 3: Making the Feet and Shelf Poles

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Step 4: Complete Museum Shelf

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Just the way i visioned the "Museum Shelf"! We are going to keep in on the back patio. It will be filled up with interesting artifacts for many years to come!

Comments

meeko (author)2012-05-11

I think I am going to have to make one of these! It looks great!

mpmitri (author)meeko2012-05-13

Thanks man! You defiitely should, especially with all the cool things you can find around your farm.

meeko (author)mpmitri2012-05-17

This is a great project and like you said, it would be perfect for things I find around my farm. I have some unusual things around here anyways, I might as well show them off haha

mpmitri (author)2012-02-19

Finished Museum Shelf

mpmitri (author)2011-08-11

I built the "Museum Shelf" about a week ago. Here are some updated photos after finding some interesting things to add.

dimtick (author)mpmitri2011-08-12

I think that if you give the shelf slabs a really thick coat of a clear gloss finish that it would really bring out the natural character of the wood and also make the display pieces pop out more.
there are epoxy resins that would work really well for this.
here's a website of rustic furniture for inpiration that I found from a quick google search.
http://www.dumonds.com/custom_rustic_4salenow1.htm

a good thick glassy finish would really take your shelves to the next level.

dimtick (author)2011-08-11

i like the rustic quality.
how did you connect the posts to the shelves?

mpmitri (author)dimtick2011-08-11

I used 3" 10d nails. I nailed them in at an angle so that they penetrated the shelf.

dimtick (author)mpmitri2011-08-12

I think I'd like this more if the nails were hidden. I think that if you peeled back some of the bark, nailed and then glued the bark over the nail head that would look better?

mpmitri (author)dimtick2011-08-12

Makes sence :)

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