Cedar Shelving

Introduction: Cedar Shelving

About: my mind wonders.

Today we're going to be going over how easy it is to make some small shelving out of rescued (free) cedar siding. Good for spice racks, knick knacks, bathrooms, or by a front door.

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Step 1: Materials

You will need:
-Some wood (using cedar siding)
-Screws/nails (using sheetrock screws)
-abrasive material (sandpaper electric and/or muscle powdered) -bonding agent (wood glue)
-force to hold wood together while bonding (clamps, bricks)
-A way to cut the wood (pet beaver)
-Something to make little holes (drill with small bit)
-Some form of writing utensil (charred wood)
-A straight edge (Captain America)
-An apparatus to distinguish distance. (string with knots...)
Optional items:
-Wire (copper)
-sharp blade (whittling knife)
-A finish (olive oil, wax, cheap shiny lacquer)

Step 2: What Am I Making Again?

This is both the easiest and hardest part. Picking out your wood and making up your design. I like to move the pieces around, see how they work together (I try to cut as little as i can). Now it might help to know what you will be putting on the shelf while designing (but my best stuff always comes from the chaos of a wondering mind).

This will also be the part where you take that string, strait edge and charred wood. use it to make your cutting marks.

I could tell you the dimensions... but I don't really know. only that I cut them all 12" tall. Cedar siding is random widths so every piece is different.

Step 3: Why Dose It Smell So Good?

Okay, so you have picked out your design our it has picked you what ever. Have you checked your cut marks then checked them again?

No matter how many times you cut a short board it will still be short...

If you have any concerns. For example how do you cut wood. please consult a simpler instructables or YouTube.

Okay now cut!
Cutting a strait line is traditional but not mandatory if that's what you feel the piece calls for.

now that all your paces are cut out see if you can fit them together. If not, cut new pieces or re cut if it is not to short...

All good? Good now we sand. cedar is really soft(and smells really good) I use a belt sander but you don't have to have one. I will also use the sandpaper covered sponge thing. Thanks to its spongy body? as well as the different density in the wood grain. this will bring it the natural wood texture.

Step 4: Stop Eating the Paste.

1st read adhesives proper handling and usage.
2nd follow instructions when applying adhesive they know how best to make it adhese... oh adhere thanks phone.

You will want to glue the back together. Yes you can use screws but they tend to fall out (best case). This is very soft very thin stuff you will most likely just end up with a bunch of holes and screws poking out. It's of no importance what wood you use to adhere the back together as long as it is just slightly short than the whole of your backing.

Once adhesive is applied. Place the pieces together snugly trying to avoid gaps(unless you want gaps). apply force (clamps, rocks, small children) most off the time the adhesive requires to sit with the force being applied for 30min (so maybe children wouldn't work). after the minimum dry time it will still be like a day to fully dry but you can keep working now.

As a side note when you flip it over to adhere. You will need to keep in mind they should be set up the opposite way you want (think a mirror) or you will do what i just did. Then you will have to adjust to the new plan.

Step 5: The Optional

Unless this is for a boat, camper, or you live in California. You don't really need little rails to keep things from falling off your shelf. I however like the way it looks.

Decide how tall you want them and on witch shelves they will be. Again I don't put one every inch and 3/4 I just cut them as tall as looks right and as many as looks good. I will use the shelf as a guide for the parallel rail.

Using the for mentioned blade. I whittle them down so they kind of look like old fence posts.

Take the wire (you could use those really small nails)and cut ~1/2in strips two for each short rail. You will then use them like nails driving through the side off the shelf into the bottom of the rail. You may need to use a drill with a very small bit to make counter sinks (I left mine at work so I'm using my dremel) Drive them through the side of each shelf and into the side of the rail as well as the parallel rail at the top. You may also want to add some adhesives at the connection point for added stability.

Alternatively you can just use glue or string. But the copper looks good.

Step 6: Some Assembly Required.

Now let's check to see if everything lines up right.

If it is a little off that's fine when you screw it together. Just put the screw were it should be and bend the shelf a little too fix a not so level shelf.

With the cedar siding is very soft and thin do i drill little holes were I'm going to put screws. This will help keep the wood from cracking (no bueno).

Step 7: Almost Ther....done!

Hay it's a shelf!

Once you have thoroughly screwed it. Just hit it with some finish or what ever you have. Let it dry if you need to give it another coat or two.

All that is left is to put it were you want it to go. I will leave the how to hang it up to you. As it will depend on what you are putting in the shelf and what you're wall is make of.

I'm also adding do pics of other shelves i did in the same way as well.

Thanks for checking my 1st instructables out. Your are welcome to ask anything. But if i did it right you will not have to.

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    Reply 6 years ago

    Thank you!