I want to make a new cabin top for my old boat and then join in the roof timbers to the sides. HELP?

But dont know how to make the joints in the frame.It would be 12ftx9ft I need to make the uprights fit into the cross members and then join in the roof timbers to the sides.

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sealing cuts ends of timber

Have a section of a neighbour's oak tree that was taken down last year (fall).  Am storing it in our garage for 3 years before attempting to make a block out of it for a side table in the house.  Heard that the cut ends need to be sealed so the wood doesn't check and crack.  Is this correct and, if so, what kind of wax/sealant and where would I find this? Christine Daskis

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Do I Stain the Screws on Furniture?

I'm about to build a small potting bench with timber. I'm planning to use screws to hold bits together. But then I saw a potential problem, do I stain the timber first then screw, or do I just stain over the screws? I'm worried about the stain filling up the screw heads and then making my project look amatuer. Thanks for your help :-)

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Building your own home...?

Suppose you buy a few acres of land, and desired to build your house with your own hands using the trees that were local. (Northeast Pennsylvania) How would you go about it? I know about taking the logs and using them like "Lincoln logs" but maybe perhaps its best to take the wood and cut it into timber, avoiding the weight of the heavy logs (then adding insulation and such, of course). But either way; how would you even treat the wood for winter/summer cycles, termites, etc? And by doing that (cutting it into timber on site) is that reliable for a long stretch of time?

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How to dry wood?

I've picked up a horse-chestnut branch, 2-3 inches thick. It's fairly fresh (I think kids climbed the tree & snapped it off). Without specialist equipment, what's the best way to dry it out (season it?) without it splitting and cracking? It's currently standing in the corner of my shed.

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Can someone tell me the price of 1 x 1 timber at Bunning's Warehouse? Answered

Well, I making one of these and I need 1" x 1" timber, I can't get there until the weekend, but I'd like to get a price so I can give my friend an estimate on how much the sculpture will cost. Thanks

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Creating a guide & looking for suggestions

Hi Folks. Following a recent renewal of my membership I find myself with a bunch of patches I really should give out. With that in mind I am thinking of creating a guide based on salvage, reuse & recycling of wood something anyone who has seen my own 'ibles will know is a subject close to my heart. It could be created from pallets, old furniture, decking, fencing or anything else as long as the main material used is wood that has been previously used for something else & saved from the bonfire or landfill by being put to a new use then it fits my idea. What I'm looking for from YOU is suggestions for 'ibles I can include, it could be something as simple as toy box or as complicated as a full suite of dining furniture, I'm looking for 'ibles to suit all skill levels but particularly things that involve readily available tools so while I wouldn't reject them entirely I'm not really seeking projects that involve CNC's & laser cutters. So if you have an old or new 'ible of your own or someone else's that has caught your eye you think fits the bill please let me know, of course I will take the opportunity for a shameless plug of a couple of my own so I have one or two to get me started ;-) For every 'ible I use I will award a Wood Reuse patch (thanks go to planetpals.com for the image) for the person who suggests it & if it's not you own the creator of the 'ible. Thanks for looking folks, I look forward to seeing your suggestions. NG.

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Tilt / folding bed - I want to build a timber tilt / folding double bed that folds up to look like a cupboard.

Hi everyone, I want to build a timber tilt / folding double bed that folds up to look like a cupboard. Does anyone have instructions on how to build, especially the spring mechanism? Thanks Ken?

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ceder cladding to timber frame extension, how to fix without it been seen ?

I would appreciate any help we are doing a wrap around ceder clad extension onto a timber frame. The architects have spec'ed 2x1 cedar vertically and then 2x2 cedar alternate throughout. so you get the pattern 2x1 2x2 2x1 2x2. also for shrinkage and expansion what would you guys advise gap between each piece. all help much appreciated.

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Help me build me boat!!

While mowing through some desighns for a play wood outrigger, i came acorss some fairly intresting consept. that i should use straight timber battern inbetween thin nails to make the curve for the side pannels (for the hull) but of coarse i cant find out what a stright timber battern is or how to make one. so i thorugh my self at the mercy of the great sailers here at instructables

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Where in the UK is a good place to buy wood for crafting/modelling?

All I can find are turning blanks or builders timber. Thanks!

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What is this old wooden artifact?

I was given this old wooden 'bowl' and told that it was a cream skimmer, which seems unlikely. It's around 24" long and 18" and made from one piece of timber. Any ideas please?

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what makes an instructable fly or die? Answered

I recently published 2 instructables one I'm really excited about "Vintage tin and timber signs" And one I think is a bit lame "CNC cut Paper Rack" that  i just made cause i was bored and wanted to enter a contest. Strange thing is, the paper rack is the instructable that has been featured and is getting all the views but only has 4 favourites ,were as the signs instructable  has 11 favourites but only 200 views. https://www.instructables.com/id/Vintage-tin-and-timber-signs/ https://www.instructables.com/id/CNC-cut-Paper-Rack/ Did I tag it wrong? or is it just not that interesting? any feedback is welcome,

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i need help in making a shoe rack. Can someone help me?

It has to be simple and easy to follow.  A shoe rack made with cardboard paper or something easy. I can't handle wood/timber. 

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Timber! How can I use large (green) logs to make some simple stools? Answered

I moved to a house in the woods, mostly pine, and a lot of it needs to come down because it was planted too close together, and also to open up the tree canopy so more light can come into the forest so more of the native plants can grow up and shield my home from view. Since tree cutters will be here for 3 - 4 days with big tools (no jokes please) what should I ask them for - for example "Could you please cut me a few 20" tall logs I can use as stools on the patio?" How then do I work with this green wood and actually make stools? I was thinking I would strip the bark, put wood glue on the ends to seal the grain so it won't split, and then....? I could use a few end tables for next to the beds or couches as well as some stools for the patio.

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Crowdmap of reusable materials and furniture

Hi, trying to build a community crowdmap for encourgaging and promoting reuse - www.trashswag.com "reports" are submitted with wood timbers, panel doors, balcony, stairs - you name it. Goal is awareness, please check it out. You can get alerts or get reports on social media.  

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How to build a six-sided planter box?

I am trying to build a six-sided planter box around a tree. I am having a problem joining the pieces together, I am using landscaping timbers to build this box. My problem is getting the ends to join and have stability to the box. Please help.

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Any experience generating electricity with steam power for home use?

In my region, there is neither enough sunshine nor wind to be completely off the electric grid. I don't want to use a gas/diesel powered generator. However, there is plenty of timber waste to use as fuel. Has anyone used a small steam engine - such as one for a steam powered car - to generate electricity?

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3 Way outdoor joint

Hi I am looking at designing a garden structure which uses large timber sections and etched glass. I have a concept that I quite like but I am unsure about the best way to joint the uprights and joists. I want to try and keep the joints quite traditional and honest and reduce the reliance on glue. I have attached a diagram of the end of one structure. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Anybody seen ? Can anyone help ?

I know this is vague but you never know stranger things have happened on the World Wide Web I found an instructable a while ago but due to the app not updating I seem to have lost it from my favourites Can anyone or has anyone seen this Instructable for a floating bench on a Circular foot. The maker had clamped lots of bits of timber to form a ring. See pic from My vague memory sorry about my artistic skills.

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Fire Glove

Ok listen up guys, i have a science project and i wanna do this one thing really badly but i fear my hand might be badly destroyed in this process i want to make a glove where i could snap my finger and make a spark with some kind of flint and then hold a flame with a fuel source like timber or something... i'm thinking of buying a heat resistant glove so i don't get burned alive XD but any ideas would be helpful.

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I need help with ModLoader for Minecraft! Answered

I keep getting this error and it is a biatch to capture. I finally did, but what do I do? What did I do wrong? EDIT: Btw The only mod I had currently installed was timber! But that's it. And don't say its because its 1.8 because I have tried other mods multiple times before 1.8 and they did the same thing I'm pretty sure.

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stove liner-how to make?

I want to build a zero cost stove to heat my greenhouse and burn waste paper and scraps of timber and cardboard. I don't mind too much what kind of stove (probably rocket stove) but I gather that I need a firebrick/ refractory cement liner. However I have seen african stove designs that use only mud; is mud better than ordinary housebrick? I have some housebricks, a bit of refractory cement and some vermiculite, manure, and mud shouldn't be a problem. any thoughts? thanks, dave.?

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Insualtion of an existing tin roof?

Hi, I have an existing summer room with a single skin, 4" corrogated tin roof. It is attached to the roof of the home and I do not wish to rip it apart. I was thinking to install a none bearing set of 4"x2" timbers, a half in from the existin roof, then insulating with 1" x 4'x8' sheets of styrafoam sheets, then a vapour barrier nder this. My main concern is the condensation produced on the inside of the tin roof, when it warms up. If I insualet the way I,m intending to,will this stop this condensation or do i need to do more to prevent it.

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Ultimate Pirate Ship Bedroom

Pirate ship bedroom? Shiver me timbers! Designer Steve Kuhl used 2x12 ribs to construct the hull of the ship, covering them with layers of 1/2 inch plywood to act as the planking. "But that's not all. The room is also decked out with a rope bridge that connects the pirate ship to the top of a jail cell, and a rope suspended from the ship's hull provides drop-in access to the closet. There's also a completely hidden spiral slide, that lets you travel downstairs in a more adventurous way." Check out this pirate ship bedroom, there's 14 pictures that show the bedroom from all angles and even a computer model that illustrates the spiral slide. via: mymodernmet.com

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Free Pro - First Come First Served

Hello All, Here is a free code for Pro Membership. I was given a Pro Membership for my most recent instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Convert-Rough-Timber-To-Planed-Smooth-Stock/ but I already have Pro Membership thanks to a post earlier in the year https://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Dovetail/ Redeem it here: https://www.instructables.com/go/pro?code=tune52sir Your gift code: tune52sir If you want to leave a nice comment on my blog in exchange that would be cool but please don't feel you have too http://gshaydon.co.uk/blog/ Enjoy

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Is there an easy way to turn a photo 'ible into a step by step 'ible?

Hi folks. I have made some alterations & additions to my workshop I want to add either to my "My Little Workshop/Utility Room/Cathouse." 'ible or my "Using recycled or salvaged timber" 'ible, possibly both.  Is there an easy way to change it from a photo 'ible to a step by step? I did want to add it in last night but life got in the way as usual & by the time I got started it was quite late & to tell the truth I was too tired to really search around the options, I thought I would try to save a bit of time & ask here before I try again this evening.

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Library shelves & storage

I am trying to improve a run-down library where the shelves are almost on the point of falling apart and there are store rooms but no storage shelves or anything really. The library is run down and had hardly much spent on it in the last 20 years. The library is in eastern europe and since the fall of the the communist era and the rise of modern democracy the library has stood still. (Bit of a time warp!)  I am able to make most things in wood and have tools and power tools, bench saw and drill etc. There is also reasonable supplies of timber. (But not that you would find in western europe, think basic..) So the your challenge Instructables is! ideas and suggestions that I could use to replace the old shelves and sort out the storage. Think simple or at least simplistic and give it a go. Regards 

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geodesic dome hubs

Hi everyone i have been wanting to make a geodesic dome for a while now and i dont want to spend money ond conduiting which looks easy to do and all the angles associated with timber domes seem over complicated so i thought that pvc/ plastic pipe might be cheap enough though i find the hubs extremly expensive so i thought up a design that is in between almost all homemade hubs. the center of the hub is circulat like the pic and the bolts potrude at all apropriate angles then on the bolts is a rubber sleeve that snuggly fits into the inside diameter of the tube you are using then when you tighten the bolt the rubber is squished and pushes outwared on the tube so the hub stays on the tube just thinking that someone here might be able to improve the desighn and or make it. thanks for your ideas.

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Slowly but very very surely going nuts from workshop withdrawal.

I had surgery on my right shoulder two weeks ago & am looking at least another month before I can even lift a saw let alone pound away at anything with a hammer. I have a ton of those springtime jobs around that any other time would take me an afternoon at most to do. There is a nice big pile of timber salvaged from a lovely neighbor up the road who has finally finished her two year building project I could be building all sorts of things for the garden with. I at last got some of my book collection back from my ex but I can't so much as make a bookend let alone the shelves they deserve so Dickens & Homer are stacked on the bedroom floor with Wordsworth & Chaucer. I picked up a new vice for my workbench a day before the surgery & it is sitting on the bench taunting me, I can almost hear it whispering "come on fit me to the bench I dare you" "just let your better half catch you with a spanner in your hand then you will catch it won't you?" This is too much for an active mind to bear & I am going nuts!!!!!!!! But on the upside................. In a few weeks I will have plenty of jobs to do that will take me an afternoon at most so they won't overstrain my healing shoulder. I will have a nice big pile of salvaged timber with which I can build lots of new things for our garden; I may well start with a new hammock frame after all I could do with a good rest :-) Bear in mind that this is England so I will have a good amount of rainy summer days I will have at least one job I can get done in the house as I have some book shelves to design & build after all Dickens & Homer & their friends Wordsworth & Chaucer may well be re-united with their old pals Verne, Twain & Hugo if they eventually get here so they will need plenty of space. And of course I will be able to silence the voice in my head from that vice sitting idle on the bench & put it to work; LOTS of work. I do love summer so very much OH HAPPY HAPPY DAYS!!!

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Official: Crucifixion is Unhealthy

Health officials in the Philippines have issued a warning to people taking part in Easter crucifixion rituals.They have urged them to get tetanus vaccinations before they flagellate themselves and are nailed to crosses, and to practise good hygiene.On Good Friday dozens of very devout Catholics in the Philippines re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.It is something that has become a huge tourist attraction, although the Church frowns on the practice.The health department has strongly advised penitents to check the condition of the whips they plan to use to lash their backs, the Manila Times newspaper reports.They want people to have what they call "well-maintained" whips.In the hot and dusty atmosphere, officials warn, using unhygienic whips to make deep cuts in the body could lead to tetanus and other infections.And they advise that the nails used to fix people to crosses must be properly disinfected first. Often people soak the nails in alcohol throughout the year.Every Good Friday, in towns across the Philippines, people atone for sins or give thanks for an answered prayer by re-enacting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. I'm sorry? But when did anybody think that being nailed to a lump of timber, hung out in the sun and flagellated was a safe pastime?BBC LinkPhilippine Department of Health

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New shed, new toy, new skills

I've got a new shed!  I am now the proud possessor of two sheds. The new one is just storage - garden chairs, tents (we have six tents, but there are only four people in the household - how did that happen?), lawnmower etc, which means I now have something novel in my original shed - space to work! At the same time, I've bought myself a new toy - a scroll saw (or fret saw, if you prefer), a Ferm FFZ-400N, if you're bothered by that kind of thing.  It's second hand, and only has one speed and no manual, but it was also only £20. So, I'm now practising - I bought some cheap ply, and I'm working on a new project, which I hope to post by Wednesday.  Unfortunately, there's a bit of a hiatus, since I've managed to snap the only blade I had.  What the heck, that's why they come in packs of ten, but I can't get a pack until Monday. Oh, and the shed: 6x4 foot "lap" shed from B&Q;, bought as a kit because I couldn't buy the raw materials anywhere near as cheaply. Basically, I got what I paid for - I spent as much time fixing the manufacturing faults as I did building it.  There are three fixes visible in the shot below, plus three fixes inside, not to mention the six or seven places where you can see daylight through the timber, and the very flexible window that will probably get sucked out by the first storm of winter... If you need a shed, and can only afford £135, then save up for something better.

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Remote switch for battery powered LED

Hi. Firstly, I'm a software man, never done an electronics project but I own a multimeter and can use a soldering iron.  So here's the problem: for my son's wedding in May (that's him in the pic), he's rented an ancient barn with a beautiful timber roof going up to 5 metres. They want to decorate it with coloured paper lanterns, hanging on invisible fishing line. I suggested lighting each lantern with cheap battery operated 10 LED strings. Problem is how to turn them on/off from ground level, say 4 metres away. So I'm thinking infrared triggered switches. There's going to be about 30 lanterns so the receivers must be cheap on components. Here's a possible example of the LED's http://mobile.festive-lights.com/battery-lights/10-warm-white-led-indoor-battery-fairy-lights-clear-cable.html   Voltage can be 3 or 4.5v DC depending if 2 or 3 battery model is chosen. I don't know the current of the LED strings, I'm thinking I'll need to insert the receiver switch inbetween the battery pack and the LED load. Hopefully the receiver won't drain the batteries too much in "standby" as we might need to rig the lanterns 4-5 days before the wedding and it's not practical to get up to the lights again. So, long explanation... I've seen a couple of projects on this site which look nearly right but my knowledge isn't enough to make adjustments. Can anyone give me a solution from which I can build a prototype? I'm hoping I can use an old TV remote as the transmitter. Thanks in advance for your help

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No patent on this one.

I have an idea. It could be a good one, and it could be a useful one. It could even be a money-spinning one, but I want to spread it instead of earn from it.What I'm thinking of was inspried by potato cannons:Imagine a combustion chamber of reasonable size, say a gallon volume. Cylindrical, it is domed at one end t withstand internal pressure, but the other end tapers to a narrow outlet.The idea is that an explosive mixture in the chamber (anything handy, but gasoline/air, ethanol/air and butane/air are the most likely) is ignited by a spark, just like a potato cannon. There is no ammunition, though.The tapered pipe (I hope) concentrates the blast to release a "bullet" of rapidly-moving gases.The whole cannon points down at the ground, the muzzle only a few inches from the ground. The detonation is triggered via a long cable (metres long). The "gas bullet" hits the ground with a large enough force to simulate the step of a human or animal, or the passing of a tyre. This triggers the landmine left months ago under the soil.My idea is, in effect, a low-tech device, capable of being built and repaired by semi-skilled locals, from scavanged materials, in war-torn areas. With a bit of training, a small team could use one to safely pound a mine-field hard enough to trigger the mines and make the area safe to live in. The cannon would be damaged by explosions, but not so badly that it would need repaired after every use, and it could be easily fixed with scrap from the nearest wrecked landrover.Would this work? Or would they need solid ammunition, say lumps of timber or rocks wrapped in rags to make a seal? That would need a staight (not tapered) barrel, but it's the same idea.I don't have the space or equipment to make one myself, and land-mine charities won't tell me how much force is required to trigger a mine, but most of you reading this are in the US, and it seems you have an easier time finding this kind of thing out.Run with the idea, chaps. Build one if you can, and ship it to somebody who needs it, or come up with better plans than my rough idea, and post them to those who need them.

Topic by Kiteman 


No patent on this one.

I have an idea. It could be a good one, and it could be a useful one. It could even be a money-spinning one, but I want to spread it instead of earn from it.What I'm thinking of was inspried by potato cannons:Imagine a combustion chamber of reasonable size, say a gallon volume. Cylindrical, it is domed at one end t withstand internal pressure, but the other end tapers to a narrow outlet.The idea is that an explosive mixture in the chamber (anything handy, but gasoline/air, ethanol/air and butane/air are the most likely) is ignited by a spark, just like a potato cannon. There is no ammunition, though.The tapered pipe (I hope) concentrates the blast to release a "bullet" of rapidly-moving gases.The whole cannon points down at the ground, the muzzle only a few inches from the ground. The detonation is triggered via a long cable (metres long). The "gas bullet" hits the ground with a large enough force to simulate the step of a human or animal, or the passing of a tyre. This triggers the landmine left months ago under the soil.My idea is, in effect, a low-tech device, capable of being built and repaired by semi-skilled locals, from scavanged materials, in war-torn areas. With a bit of training, a small team could use one to safely pound a mine-field hard enough to trigger the mines and make the area safe to live in. The cannon would be damaged by explosions, but not so badly that it would need repaired after every use, and it could be easily fixed with scrap from the nearest wrecked landrover.Would this work? Or would they need solid ammunition, say lumps of timber or rocks wrapped in rags to make a seal? That would need a staight (not tapered) barrel, but it's the same idea.I don't have the space or equipment to make one myself, and land-mine charities won't tell me how much force is required to trigger a mine, but most of you reading this are in the US, and it seems you have an easier time finding this kind of thing out.Run with the idea, chaps. Build one if you can, and ship it to somebody who needs it, or come up with better plans than my rough idea, and post them to those who need them.

Topic by Kiteman 


Sound proofing shelf frontage help

I was wondering if any of you had any advice for the front of a whole wall shelving unit I am planning on building (and the shelves as well if you have any suggestions). You see, although there is a cavity wall between this room and the next, I am wary of a noise complaint as it is a different flat’s bedroom. I will be using it as a music production room and ideally want decent acoustics as well as adding an extra these extra layers to stop leakage. (I’ll draw some pictures and upload them to clarify what I’m saying)* Two things I’ve been thinking about using: 1.  A high-density curtain hanging in front of the whole unit. While this could possibly deal with the main issue of a noise complaint better than the next idea, I’m worried it will create a bad mixing environment with a really ‘dead’ wall behind my speakers. 2. Hanging, sliding acoustic panels using egg box foam under a sheet of fabric. This will look like a normal acoustic panel with the fabric pinned around a timber frame. I was thinking of forgoing using any sheet wood so I could hang a piece of high-density carpet/ fabric at the back and not have the panel too heavy. The wall measures about 3.2m W x 2.3m H so I was thinking of using three, maybe four hanging panels. It’s my understanding that a hanging panel would absorb more energy from the sound waves than one on wheels or in a sliding track. To hang the panels the main idea I had was to use metal tubing (uncertain as to what material to use, conduit?). With the three panels, I would use two main lengths of it one on the same height, parallel to the other, with the distance between needed to stop the panels on either track hitting each other. From above or below it would look a bit like this U=====U (sorry if this doesn’t translate to your device well… See pictures) with the ends of the U going into holes drilled into the wood, extending as far as the shelves will be deep if needed. With four I would just have two sets of the same but smaller. Sorry if this doesn’t make much sense, rushed off me feet at the moment. Many thanks Jay *Sorry the pictures ended up pretty awful, just moving in, need a proper table…

Topic by JWL94