Introduction: Wall Pocket
Is it a shelf, is it a book case, is it a shelfie? Nooo: it’s a Wall Pocket.
It’s a shelf with a new function and that is to store not only a couple of books but also stuff that would normally fall of like hats and gloves. A cat would fit ;-) but also magazines and plants, this structure is very firm. Fill the pocket with a lamp and your room will be magically illuminated.
It’s not a to difficult project if you have access to someone with a wood laser cutter or a Woodcraft precision saw. Without it you’ll have to cut out all the parts yourself with a small saw.
Use my drawing of all the nested parts and take a 600mm x 900mm x 6mm (23,6 inch x 35,4 inch x 0,24 inch) plywood or MDF for this design. My parts were laser cut at Snijlab in Rotterdam.
Things you need:
- Plywood 600 x 900 x 6 mm (23,6 x 35,4 x 0,24 inch)
- The 20 parts as on the PDF drawing
- Glue for wood
- A piece of damp cloth
- A drill
- Two wall-plugs for 6 - 8 mm diameter and two screws of approx 30mm length
- Some tape
- Coffee and patience
Take your time and enjoy putting the Wall Pocket together as much as I enjoyed creating it. See it grow as you assemble all the parts and make it come to life. Let in the spirit of your creativity and create magic. You can do this.
Step 1: Bottom and the Vertical Parts
First of all make sure you got all the parts, in this case: 20 pieces.
Every part has got slots in it. They are designed to be used with 6mm thick plywood. If you use a thicker plywood, you should enlarge all the slots with a small saw or a tool you have at home.
Now you have a bunch of parts and the puzzling starts. All the parts are different so lay them in order to make it easy for yourself. (Sorry, but I forgot to number the parts in the drawing)
If the wood has got stains caused by the laser cutting, now is your chance to get rid of them.
Best way first is to fix the bottom bow and the vertical parts together with glue. All parts fit exactly together with their slots. Use a bit of tape to hold the parts together as the glue settles. Use a piece of cloth to wipe away excess drops of glue from the wood as soon as you can. Once a drop of glue dries on the wood surface it will stain.
Now the bottom part and all the vertical parts are assembled it is time to take a break.Zen.
Step 2: Apply the Top and Corners
Now collect the top part and fix it with the glue to the assembly you've already made.
And fix the smaller parts to reinforce the corners of this design. They already got holes for wall fixing.
Step 3: Apply All the Horizontal Parts
Collect all the horizontal parts and check in which order they need to be. These parts can only be assembled from the front of the design.
Start with the smallest one on the bottom and work your way up. Use glue to fix all these parts to the assembly you’ve already made. The ends of these horizontal parts do not need any glue.
Wait for the glue to settle. Take a walk outside, breath in the fresh air.
Step 4: Mounting the Wall Pocket
You can mount the Wall Pocket to the wall by using the two holes on ether side of the design.
Hold the Pocket to the wall and decide where you want to hang it. You don't need two hands for fixing this. You can just fix the left side and then the right. Get a pen and first mark the hole on the left side. I usually measure the length of a plug and put a piece of tape on my drill so I can't drill to steep or to deep. Fix the left side of the Wall Pocket to the wall.
Now use a level to measure the place for the hole on the right side. And fix this side as well.
Step 5: Have Fun
Though the structure of this design is very firm, make sure the Wall Pocket is safely mounted to the wall and well put together before you use it! Don’t put to heavy things on or in the Wall Pocket, check first how much it can hold.
Hooray, you’re now the owner of a Wall Pocket. Have fun using it and maybe you can show me your creative usage.
To be even more creative than I am, you can first paint all the parts in different colors and then assemble the Wall Pocket, for instance this rainbow collector.
And of course if I should win an Epilog Zing Laser Cutter, I would not only be happy (and cry) but I could finally start experimenting with Acrylic, Fabric, Glass, Coated Metals, Ceramic, Delrin, Cloth, Leather, Marble, Matte Board, Melamine, Paper, Mylar, Pressboard, Rubber, Wood Veneer, Fiberglass, Painted Metals, Tile, Plastic, Cork, Corian, Anodized Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Brass, Titanium and Bare Metals! Oh my