It hasn’t been easy. My competition (children ages 6-10) are clever and, of course, ruthless. Occasionally it’s nice to get a break from all that gluing and so, when Geralyn asked me to make a spice shelf for her kitchen I jumped at the chance (if by “jumped” you accept that I mean she asked me in October and I’m just doing it now…..)
I used scrap wood that I had on hand and power tools but I assure you it can be done using items found at a home improvement center and regular old screws or nails.
- 1 (one) 1/2″ plywood shelf cut to 30″ long by 6″ deep
- 1 (one) 1/2 plywood backer cut to 30.5″ long and 6″ high
- 1 piece of crown moulding 21″ long
- 3 pieces of 1′ high Poplar trim (I cut it down from larger trim pieces)
- 2 (two) pieces of 2×4 cut down into 45 degree triangular supports
- Wood Glue
- Wood Putty
- Semi Gloss Spray Paint
Assembly is pretty straight-forward.
The whole thing – from sourcing the scraps to the final painting only took a few hours.
IF YOU WANTED TO MAKE ONE
I made the original all-those-years-ago while living in a 1 bedroom apartment in New York with no equipment except a drill so I can attest it’s quite do-able if you don’t have access to the tools I used this time.
A home store could easily cut 1×6 boards down to length and the moulding could also be cut in-store as could the triangular supports. Using screws rather than pin nails would work just fine.