Introduction: Plum Wood Shelf

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This shelf was made for a Whiskey-shop to display little bottles.
The wood for this shelf is damson plum. Here you can find more information about this tree:

The construction is very simple.
The horizontal boards are only screwed on a big back board.

The tools I used:

  • thickness planer
  • table saw
  • cordless drill
  • sand paper


    • linseed oil
    • screws

    Step 1: Split the Back Board

    The back board was to big for my thickness planer, therefore I split it with wedges in two parts and planed every part separately. Later I glued the two parts together and no cut was visible!

    Step 2: Plane

    I planted the two parts of the back board and the shelf boards.

    Step 3: Glue the Backboard

    After planing I glued the two parts of the back board together.

    Step 4: Cut the Shelves

    The shelf boards are thicker pieces of plum wood with bark.

    Step 5: Mark the Position of the Shelves

    Because the back board has no straight edge it is impossible to make a perpendicular mark,
    therefor I clamped the back board on my clamping box and parallel a long water balance.

    Now I made perpendicular lines to this aluminium bar.

    Step 6: Drilling Holes

    Now it is easy to drill two holes for every shelf.

    Step 7: Finish

    I put some layers of linseed oil on the wood.

    Step 8: Assembling

    First I clamped a piece of scrap wood on the back board straight to my line and on this I clamped a shelf board.
    I flipped it and screwed the shelf board on.

    Step 9: The Suspension

    As a suspension I screwed a L-shaped plate onto the back board.

    Step 10: All Steps in One Video

    Instead of thousand words, please watch the video

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