Introduction: Floating Shelf
this type of shelf is a good way of making areas free of clutter while keeping floor space available.
Step 1: Materials
- 1200mm of pine
- band saw
- mill drill
Step 2: Planning Your Shelf
to make anything you first need to design it. you need to find out your materials and you need to make a plan. take the amount of wood your going to use and divide it into five equal lengths. i am using five pieces of 210mm by 90mm of pine.
Step 3: Making the Joints
to join the pieces of wood together i will be using a finger joint. to make this you need to mark up three squares that are the depth of the wood. refer to the pitcher for help.
Step 4: Cutting Out the Joints
the next step is to cut out the joints for the shelf. make the cuts so that they are a little bigger that the holes. remember to not force them together.
Step 5: Inner Joint
when cutting the finger joints it is easiest to run the band saw through it multiply times so that you can then come through and chisel it out.
Step 6: Joints
in the end you should have four pieces of wood that can join onto each other. your wood should look like the photo.
Step 7: Middle Shelf
get two pieces of wood that are parallel to each other and cut out a grove that is the wood thick on both sides.
Step 8: Filing
finally before glueing you need to go and file down all of the finger joints so that they fit into each other snugly. remember not to force the wood together of it will snap.
Step 9: Glue
next you need to glue the wood together. you must wait till the glue is dry before glueing the middle shelf in as-well.
Step 10: Sanding
to achieve a finish of high quality sand all the surfaces of the shelf and the corners.
Step 11: Varnish
lastly you need to apply a varnish to the shelf so that it looks great.
Step 12: Final Product
Step 13: Fixings
To achieve the actual floating part of the shelf you will just need a standard elbow bracket. Fix this bracket to the shelf which will attach to the wall
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