Thursday, 27 August 2015

How I make my handmade shelving, Part Two.

This is Part Two of how I make my handmade shelving. You can read Part One here if you haven't already.

So safety first, I forgot to say in Part One, I do wear goggles. Here I am with photographic proof. I create an awful lot of sawdust and eyes and tiny particles of wood do not mix. Plus I really need to be able to see what I am doing clearly.




Looking good eh?



Once I have drilled the holes it's time to sand the wood. I like my shelves to feel good and look good so it's a step that I don't skimp on.


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I create lots of sawdust.


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Then I hoover it all up. That power hoover is very satisfying. Are you getting a feel for the sounds of my workshop too?

Then I need to create my dovetail joints. I wanted the shelves to feel smooth and I liked the idea of making them fit together just out of wood. There are no nails or screws or anything like that holding them together, it's just the dovetail joint and a little bit of glue. Just like most high end or antique furniture. If you have an old chest of drawers or cupboard with drawers - these will be the joints holding those drawers together. They last a long time.

I created a timelapse of me making the dovetails so you can see here. I spend a lot of time laying out prior to this point - using the old saying, measure twice, cut once.


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This is a very speeded up timelapse by the way. I'm fast and efficient but not that fast!



This is what each joint looks like when it is first put together.



And this is a whole range of yourshelves waiting to be glued. I used to do this all at once but actually it is easier to do this as I dovetail now.





Then I leave them to dry for a night. The next day I check for sturdiness and they are always very strong indeed.


Oh I love this moment, a wall full of yourshelves. Each hole cut and sanded and each piece matched into the right other 3 pieces. Now to choose which shelves become which colour!




Here I am with a pink one.



After all this it's time to let the paint dry with a well earned feet up time.



And then I get my hooks out and crochet some circles to replace the wood knots with wool knots.

Do you like what I did there?


Then, luckily there are some magic elves who attach the crochet in the night! I wish.


Finally each shelf gets a final sand and a coat of clear wax on the outside unpainted surface.

Then voila - a finished shelf.



I'm so pleased with them, each and every one is loved. I hope you love them too.