Vintage Cook-stove Curio Shelf

Introduction: Vintage Cook-stove Curio Shelf

About: I am a teacher who enjoys environmentally responsible woodworking. Most evenings will find me in the shop working with my now 8 year old son Shay who is both my greatest helper and biggest fan.

The look of vintage cooking iron without the loss of space. Most people love the these classic cooking appliances but even if your stove is in functional shape lets face it... they take up a lot of room. More common is to find a stove that is just buggered. Well this is a way to turn that frown upside down. Also because the back is metal it is magnetic and this works as a very cool family message center.


Find a way to attach the back and bread warming shelf of an enamel cook-stove to the wall for display. That is it really, no brain science or rocket surgery.

Methods and Materials:

Stove. Yeah without that part the rest is sort of hard. Mine came from the crap iron bin. The rest of the stove was junk so I got it for a song and by that I mean free.

Wood. Just a board longer than the stove is wide. I used a way cool oak extension leaf for a dining room table. I found it in it's original shipping crate and could have come over the Bozeman Trail... by wagon. Cool story bruh and one you can learn by clicking on the "backstory" link found in the video description.

I used a French Cleat to hold the shelf to the wall. That requires cutting a strip of wood in half at a 45 degree angle. I mounted it by screwing through holes I drilled (gasp) through the enameled tin back (you monster!) I used a wood block to reference the spacing I wanted on the back and make sure the holes were drilled in line. It moved a bit when tightening it up so it is 1/16th out of level over the entire width. Not catastrophic but irritating.

Expert Directions:

Find stove back.

Attach cool shelf.




All tools are dangerous but this could be made with hand tools if you wanted to. I used a tablesaw because I could. Otherwise drills and screws are about it. I am not saying you can't hurt yourself with a screw gun and a No. 2 Philips but it probably isn't going to involve a trip to the emergency room.

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