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Ok, so I have a lonely, boring corner on my desk at work.  It just NEEDS something to make it, and me, happy.  Plus, I spend way more time riding a desk now that I'd like.  And I could always use a little more storage space for my stuff.

Thus, the idea for the bat-shelf was born.
 
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Step 1: Resources & Materials


Materials
one piece of 1" x 12" plank, 8 foot long
a scrape piece of 1" x 12" plank, 1 foot long
18 stainless steel screws
one piece of 1/2" quarter round
four finish nails


Tools
skill saw
jig saw
sander
cordless drill / screwdriver
hammer
miscellaneous colored markers
2" paint brush
pre-stain treatment
red oak stain
clear coat

I decided that I wanted a 36" high shelf - with three shelves, but the difficultly here is that I need the shelves to be about 13" apart.  A mathematical conundrum!

Ok, so use ye old skill saw to cut the 8' piece into two 3' pieces (these are going to be the supports), and two 11&3/4" pieces (these will be shelves).  Then trim the scrap 1" x 12" piece to match the other two shelves.

Next whip out the jig saw to put a curve on the shelves.  This cut will be followed by the sander, to smooth the cuts into a pretty arc.

Step 2: Research & Artwork

Ok, so I wanted to combine a bunch of different elements from a bunch of different versions of the Batcave.  How to do that?  You guessed it - the internet.  First I research the trophy room aspect of it, along with playing cards, pennies, and T-rexs.  Then I searched for a good photo of the atomic pile from the Adam West era.  The I checked out the modern version of the garage, the batwing parking, and the armory.

After assembling my research, I pulled out my sketch book and did some doodles.  This was to get an idea of the layout for my shelving unit.  Once I had a semi-idea about it, I pulled out my Sharpies and got to work.
I have read over this instructable three times. I had the original thought that it was a secret shelf; the opening picture made me thing it was brought up from the desk.
tleet598 months ago

It really ties the cube together. :-)

hammer98768 months ago

Thanks for the memories. My father made something like this for our school books and homework. It was a floor to ceiling set of shelves with each kid getting a shelf of their own with some shelves left over. I have no memory of who got the top or bottom couple of shelves, but my one shelf was big enough for my stuff. I suppose he nailed it into the wall... Oh, and it was painted to match the hallway trim.
Great instructable plus it looks like you had a lot of fun with it.

vwaran68 months ago

i like it

vwaran68 months ago

i like it

hen4jakes8 months ago

I haven't made it YET, but I am going to get my husband to make this for my bathroom vanity corner. I need the space for a fan....@ 51 hot flashes come even after a cool shower and mess up my make up even as I put it on. I've been looking for some type of shelf and this is perfect! I will paint mine white to match the bathroom. Thank you! Great project! You are quite talented....and I voted for you also! Susan

Lord_Pruitt (author)  hen4jakes8 months ago

Thanks! And please, post a photo of your completed project.

As soon as I can get my husband to make it! LOL! ;-)
Thank you for sharing
B00mrang8 months ago

The design is very simplistic but I love the fact that you integrated art in your design, something I want to do more and more in the future. Great work !

blacketier8 months ago
Good job I love the fact you have random shot gun shells on the shelve at work......
Lord_Pruitt (author) 9 months ago

As a side note, and self promotion, if you liked my design & idea, please vote for me in the woodworking contest. Thanks!

I love the designs on it, nice job :)

Thank you!

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Lord_Pruitt (author)  deleted_account9 months ago

Thanks! And yes I do =D

mholcomb19 months ago
Really nice work! I would love to make a couple of these for my husband's batcave, & a few larger ones in my room :)
Lord_Pruitt (author)  mholcomb19 months ago

Thank you! Go for it - let your imagination be your guide. ;)

jon_chalk9 months ago

Well done. Simple, yet elegant. Useful too.