Introduction: Corner Shelf for Plants in Wood and Metal
I'm getting into arc welding! I bought a small inverter welding machine and here is my first creation with: a shelf made up of a welded steel structure and 4 solid beech trays.
It is installed in a corner of a room and receives green plants of different sizes.
Total height: 2m
Dimensions of a tray: 40x70 cms
- metal Cut-Off Saw
- MMA welding machine
- drill press
- circular saw
- 4 square steel tubes, length 2m, section 35mm, thickness 2mm
- 2 raw iron angles, length 2m, section 21mm, thickness 3mm
- 2 glued laminated beech shelves 200x40 cms, 18mm thick
- 2 cans of black satin effect spray paint 400mL
- 4 plastic 35mm square end caps
- anti-rust primer
Step 1: Fusion 360
Drawing the project in 3D allows you to better understand the result but also to make precise plans that are easy to follow, which avoids errors.
For that I used Fusion 360 !
The plans are available in PDF format.
Step 2: Cutout
The metal structure is made up of two different elements: square tubes and angle profiles.
I bought the square tubes in 2m length, so no need to cut them. For the steel angles, I cut them with a small Cut-Off Saw.
Then I grinded the edge of the pieces to remove the burrs and improve the grip of the weld.
I also drilled 3 holes on each bar so that I could screw the wood planks into it.
Step 3: Welding Preparation
I cleaned the metal with a grinder fitted with a flap disc, then I traced the location of the top of the angles.
I degreased the parts well with acetone.
Step 4: Welding
I bought a small welding machine (Gysmi 160P) and the necessary protective equipment. I start in welding with the first tests were not necessarily conclusive. There are welds that I had to start over !
I used magnetic brackets to hold the pieces.
Then I smoothed the welds with a flap disc to have something more "beautiful".
Step 5: Paint
Once well degreased, I spent a first coat of spray antirust primer.
And then I applied 2 coats of satin black spray paint.
Step 6: Detail
I put plastic caps on the ends of the tubes.
Step 7: Cutting Boards
I cut the 4 trays in solid beech glued laminated 18mm thick.
I used for this my new plunge saw that I paid myself thanks to the contest that I won recently!
Step 8: Wood Protection
I applied 2 coats of wood sealer.
The objective is to protect it from possible water splashes when watering the plants.
I used special staircase vitrifier V33 which I had left.
Step 9: Mounting
The 4 trays are installed and screwed from below with small flat head screws.
Step 10: Enjoy!
In the same principle, you can imagine any kind of size and shape! A bookcase, a shoe cabinet... get started!
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