I made a shelf

And spent a rather absurd amount of time on it

by Robert May on Afternoon Robot

The finished shelf

Having bought a house in the past year, I finally get to actually change things in the place in which I live. I'm reasonably experienced in some forms of woodwork but it has been quite a long time since I did any planing or polishing, so I spent something like an entire month making a single shelf. It's a pretty cool shelf though.

It's made from a piece of sycamore with a live edge, and was finished to 12000 grit because I was bored and wanted to play with some micro-mesh pads I bought. It's oiled using linseed oil, as that's what I use for spoon-carving and I had a load lying about.

The brackets, for reference, are from IKEA. They were cheap and relatively straight, and I'm quite pleased with them.


The shelf had to be planed to fit the wall

I had to plane it quite a lot on the back edge to fit against the wall, as it turns out the wall itself bows quite remarkably. It was a bit of a faff but it fits pretty closely now.