Thursday, November 25, 2010

Making a log shelving unit - part 3

Please first 
part 1 and
part 2  
by clicking on the links

I need to make a cross piece for the back of the unit.  This has to be something that I can easily take on and off the ladder parts and move to different locations for craft shows or displays. 

I'm using old barn board for the shelves and just lightly sanded them and trimmed all the boards to the same length.

I decided to use another piece of barn board ripped down the middle with a bolt and nut holding the two halves together .  That way it can be stored or transported  with the two arms stacked one on top of the other and can open up like scissors when needed.

I attached the bolt and then unfolded the arms so that the width of the unit would be about 4' as the length of my boards is about 56". 

 I marked the angle of the floor at this point and cut the bottom of each arm at this angle and then screwed through, attaching the arms to the bottom (back) of the ladder section.

The top of the arms is screwed similarily to the top of the ladders.

The top plank was screwed into the top rungs to make the unit more solid, the others are just sitting on the rungs. It's easy to take apart and transport. Two ladders, the folded up cross piece and five shelf boards.

Here is the finished shelving unit with some of my signs and things on it:

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  1. Julie, you just showed me what danced in my head for a long time. I had visions of making shelving out of two real ladders and planks behind my computer. Thanks for the real life visual! This is so cool!

    Sharing on Facebook! :)


  2. Nice tutorial. I love the simplicity and the rustic look of your display shelves!


  3. Sidebar feature for you, my friend! :) Still lovin' it.


  4. Love the shelving unit so much I'll be pestering The Welding Man for just such an item....and I ADORE your signs. The whole assemblage looks wonderful, you clever woman!

  5. Julie - What a fun shelf - Love the signs too - amazing job!! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  6. You did a fantastic job, Julie! You're a genius using old barn boards! It takes this project over the top :D
    Thank you for linking up to the first ever "Amaze Me Monday" blog party.

  7. That is so cool! I love how rustic it looks!

  8. Soooo happy to see my fav shelf come back to SNS! I've bragged about you on Facebook for SNS 77 this weekend. :)!/photo.php?fbid=10150219497801141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater


  9. This is fantastic! I hope you can stop by and link this up to my VIP party today!


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