Intro: Wall Pocket #2
Is it a shelf, is it a book case, is it a shelfie? Nooo: it’s a Wall Pocket #2.
This shelf is invisibly connected to the wall. It is to store not only a couple of books but also stuff that would normally fall of like hats and gloves, but also magazines and plants. Fill the pocket with a lamp and your room will be magically illuminated.
This one is a bit harder to create than my first Wall Pocket because of all the layers. Use my drawing of all the nested parts and take a 600mm x 1200mm x 6mm (23,6 inch x 47,24 inch x 0,24 inch) plywood or MDF for this design. My parts were laser cut at Snijlab in Rotterdam.
Things you need:
- Plywood 600 x 1200 x 6 mm (23,6 x 4724 x 0,24 inch)
- The 30 parts as on the drawing
- Glue for wood - A piece of damp cloth
- A drill - Three wall-plugs for 6mm diameter and three screws of 30mm length
- Two wood plugs 6mm
- Some tape
- Coffee and patience
Take your time and enjoy putting the Wall Pocket together as much as I enjoyed creating it. See it grow as you assemble all the parts and make it come to life. Let in the spirit of your creativity and create magic. You can do this.
Step 1: Start With the End
Your first step is to make sure you got all the parts. In this case: 30 pcs.
Place them in the right order to get an overview and to make sure you won't glue the wrong parts together.
Take the last three bows of this design and your pencil. Put the bows on top of each other and draw the contour. This thin line can be used when you add the glue, stay inside the line.
Glue the three bows together and clamp them for a couple of minutes. Make sure all three of them are perfectly lined out. And get rid of excess glue.
Note: the thing I did wrong was to use tape to bind the bows together after gluing. Don't. The wood tend to bend and you get an uneven separation of the bows and this design is all about the right spacing.
IDEA: You can easily mirror this design by just glue the bows in mirrored order.
Step 2: Assemblying the Rest
There are 27 parts left. The easiest way is to glue them together in sets of 3 or 4 bows. But perhaps you are handy enough to glue the 27 at once.
Remember that the corners can use the most glue. And they should be perfectly in line otherwise you get a wobbly shelf.
If you got a bunch of sets, you can glue them together. Wait, take a break, relax a bit.
Step 3: Fixing the First Part to the Wall
Get your fist assembled part of the Wall Pocket (3 bows glued together) and decide where you want to hang it. Mark the holes on the wall with your pencil.
I use a piece of tape to measure the length of the plug on my drill. This way I don't drill to shallow or to deep. Drill the holes in the wall and if needed use a couple of plugs.
You don't want the screwhead to extend so enlarge the end three smaller screw holes with a bit with bigger drill, don't go all the way through.
Screw this part of the Wall Pocket to the wall. Take a break, sit in the sun.
Step 4: Apply the Rest of the Wall Pocket
The part that is fixed to the wall has got two bigger holes left and they should be used for the wood plugs.
Apply glue to the other assembled part and slide it over the wood plugs. Let the glue dry. You might add some pressure to the whole assembly by using tape or something else.
Though the structure of this design is firm, make sure the Wall Pocket is safely mounted to the wall and well put together before you use it! Don’t put to heavy things on or in it, check first how much it can hold.
Hooray, you’re now the owner of a Wall Pocket. Have fun using it and maybe you can show me your creative usage.
To be even more creative than I am, you can first paint all the parts in different colors and then assemble the Wall Pocket, for instance this rainbow collector.
And of course if I should win an Epilog Zing Laser Cutter, I would not only be happy (and cry) but I could finally start experimenting with Acrylic, Fabric, Glass, Coated Metals, Ceramic, Delrin, Cloth, Leather, Marble, Matte Board, Melamine, Paper, Mylar, Pressboard, Rubber, Wood Veneer, Fiberglass, Painted Metals, Tile, Plastic, Cork, Corian, Anodized Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Brass, Titanium and Bare Metals! Oh my
alexeicharkham made it!