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Leaning Wall Shelves Part 9: The Reveal!

The last post in this series–the leaning wall shelves are done! I couldn’t help staging them in other parts of my house before they went where they were built for:

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Leaning Wall Shelves Part 8: Staining the shelves

I am always a little afraid of the finishing step of any project, especially staining something.  You just never know in the store just how the color is going to go onto your project.  Paint is a little more predictable, but not stain.  I recommend getting out one of the scrap pieces of lumber you used on the project and testing out the color you came home with before going any further–stain or paint.  So much easier to change your mind now, rather than once you’ve started on the actual project!

Since I had sanded so thoroughly before assembling the leaning shelves, I did not do that again.  I vacuumed the shelves with the brush attachment and gathered my supplies:

The stain was recommended by a member of the community over at Ana White’s website.  If you want to see the results on red oak, click here and take a peek at Read More…

Leaning Wall Shelves Part 7: Attaching the shelves

It was an adventure to find a countersink bit.  Apparently I had a different idea of what that would be, and that did not help be find it.  If you have never used a countersink bit and want to read about them and/or view a video, go here.

Basically you need to push the shelf back to the wall, and then level your shelf and make it stay that way by screwing through the leg into the shelf like so:

Attaching with a 1  1/4″ wood screw, countersinking into the leg:

Flip the shelf over and attach some screws through the bottom of the shelf supports into the shelves.

I then put wood putty into the holes I created with the screws.  LESSON: always Read More…

Leaning Wall Shelves Part 6: Assemble the legs & supports

Here we go, the part I have been worrying about–modifying those shelf legs so that they fit 3 shelves instead of what the plan called for.  I decided to go with Ana’s plans at this point, which meant that I marked my boards from the bottom up, for 3 shelves, using her measurements.  I knew this wouldn’t work perfectly, but I had to start somewhere!

Make sure that when you are drawing the lines on your board, that you make one board a mirror of the other, like this, but you haven’t cut anything yet:

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Leaning Wall Shelves Part 5: Assemble the shelves

When I was assembling my first project, the closet organizer, I had not figured out the art of using clamps.  Information on clamps seemed nonexistent on YouTube.  So I made it up as I went and had problems.  Project #2 went much smoother after viewing some of the Kreg Jig videos on YouTube and watching what they did (these were videos on using the Kreg Jig, not on using clamps).  I tried to take pictures of my own set-up while constructing these leaning shelves, and I hope they help you.

After the bottoms of the shelves are screwed together, you need to cut a front and back for each shelf at 22.5 inches (same length as the bottoms).  For two shelving units you need 12 cuts.

Next you need pocket holes on the bottom of your shelves in order to attach the sides.  If I could do this again, I would make the pocket holes on the top of my Read More…

Leaning Wall Shelves Part 4: Cutting the boards

My Man just recently showed me how to cut with our his compound miter saw.  It was intimidating, but not as much as a circular saw is to me.  I now had the ability to cut boards, but not boards that are too wide.  My first attempts were not promising.  I could not get the boards to be the length I needed them to be.  That, my friends, is a big problem in the world of building. I’m pretty sure.

This second project turned out so much better.  This is what I did differently; Read More…

Leaning Wall Shelves Part 3: Sanding…and sanding…and sanding

Furring strips.  They entice you with their unbeatable price, looking beautiful in their perfect bundles of straightness.  That is, until you cut one open.  I swear, I actually heard a “boing” sound–straight out of the cartoons–when the plastic tie broke open on one particularly warped pack.

And accompanying their lack of conformity to straightness is their rough texture.  But as I mentioned in Part 2, I was up for the challenge.  At least I was on day 1 of sanding.  On day 3 I couldn’t stand up straight and my hand had vibrated into uselessness.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Rough furring strips

Here is my sanding partner.  My Man bought this for me when I had to refinish Read More…

Leaning Wall Shelves Part 2: Buying Boards

I like cheap.  And at the beginning of a project, I can take on the world.  Gonna need to sand a little to get that board looking like a premium board?  Bring it on.

So I headed to Home Depot.  And I went through all of their furring strips in 1×4 and 1×3 dimensions.  All. of. them.  I am not kidding.  About halfway through I vowed to walk out of that store with every straight furring board that they had for sale, so that I didn’t have to do that again.  I found exactly six.  And no 1x3s.

So I headed to Lowes where I found 9 1x3s.  Only nine, people.  I went through hundreds of boards.  Nine.  I also looked at the Top Choice 1x4s and decided I Read More…

Leaning Wall Shelves Part 1: The Plan

If you are like me and have always wanted to build, but didn’t think you could, I have 3 words for you: Go see Ana.  That would be Ana of, the author of the blog Knock-Off Wood.  She’ll prove you wrong, just like she did me.  This is project #2 that I have attempted from her plans, albeit a modified version.  The first one is the closet organizer I put in my daughter’s room.  This project made me feel like I can do this building stuff.

I needed these shelves for the master bathroom because I take plant cuttings at the end of summer and last winter I promised myself I would come up with a prettier solution than what we had to look at from October until May:

Lovely, isn’t it?

When I saw Ana’s leaning shelves, I knew that would work for this space in a scaled-down version.  The problem with “regular” shelves is that these shelves Read More…


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