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.

Step 1: Resources & 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

skill saw
jig saw
cordless drill / screwdriver
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.
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.
<p>It really ties the cube together. :-)</p>
<p>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. <br>Great instructable plus it looks like you had a lot of fun with it. </p>
<p>i like it</p>
<p>i like it</p>
<p>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</p>
<p>Thanks! And please, post a photo of your completed project.</p>
As soon as I can get my husband to make it! LOL! ;-)<br> Thank you for sharing
<p>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 !</p>
Good job I love the fact you have random shot gun shells on the shelve at work......
<p>As a side note, and self promotion, if you liked my design &amp; idea, please vote for me in the woodworking contest. Thanks!</p>
<p>I love the designs on it, nice job :)</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
Really nice work! I would love to make a couple of these for my husband's batcave, &amp; a few larger ones in my room :)
<p>Thank you! Go for it - let your imagination be your guide. ;)</p>
<p>Well done. Simple, yet elegant. Useful too. </p>

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