Compact Shelf for displaying Christmas Village.
Step 1: Identify Need and Generate Design.
We were looking for something with the following properties.
- A shelf to display her Christmas Village.
- Minimal Floor Space
- Able to be packed up easily between usage.
I came up with a design that was shaped like a tree and could be disassembled and folded.
See attached PDF.
Step 2: Tips and Tricks.
Cutting to cut out the 120 degree slots.
- Layout slots.
- Drill center and end point with drill sized for router bit.
- Place router in end point of each slot.
- Use Carpenter Square as quide by lineing up the Tongue and Blade against router base and setting blade to be parrallel with line to center point. Repeat as needed.
- Cut out center hole after slots are drilled.
- Hinges where offset by one inch on opposite side of center leg to avoid interference of screws.
- Cut a relief bevel in edge of leg for clearance of hinge to get hinge pin parrallel with edge of leg.
- Trim hinge screws to prevent break through.
Clean up Slots.
- Take a lot of caution when sanding slots. It is important not to make them too large to minimize risk of tilting on shelf.
Prevent shelf tipping.
- I used Velcro on each shelf to minimize tipping when assembled.
- This may need to be redesigned since the weight of items can cause tipping of shelves.
Step 3: Finish and Assemble
- I used tongue oil to finish legs.
- This was chosen to minimize build up of surface thickness. The shelves have to slide from top down.
- When painting shelves, I did not paint slots, to minimize surface build up.
- Unfold legs to align with slot.
- Add shelves largest to smallest from top. Slide down to location to lock in position.
- If you want to add lights, the center hinge clearance holes are large enough for most plugs.
- This one is up to you.