I like living in a country house. Among other things, this is an opportunity to easily, with your own hands, equip the space around, make it useful and convenient. Why, the same socket added in the right place is already a small holiday – now you don't have to fiddle with extension cords getting tangled under your feet, life becomes a little more convenient. Or, say, a workplace where any easily accessible horizontal surface nearby is precious.
It's about the artist's workplace. Large homemade table with special shelves has already made painting classes very convenient, but there was a little free wall nearby and a number of little things, which it is desirable to have in front of your eyes. A narrow pair of niche-sized shelves wonderfully complemented the artistic corner.
Our old, strange steamer,
A tireless hard worker,
Exactly echoing the ocean,
Breathing heavily on the move.
So, blowing his nose and sneezing,
He crawls to Shanghai
And he moors, and then I,
Maybe I'll get off him.
M. K. Shcherbakov. “Either torment, or boredom”
Several narrow shelves-boards on a flat concrete-brick-plank wall are easy to organize using special simple brackets. A wall made of logs is a different matter. Not finished, but to cover such beauty is a sin, it is uneven in principle. And even then to say – the whole log house is like a living being, it moves, creaks. Logs, even after many years of primary shrinkage, react to changes in weather, seasons, it is not worth tying them vertically. Any internal structures are best done taking into account small movements of the walls. In particular, for wall furniture, this means fastening only to one of the logs, well, bumps behind have to be taken into account. Hence the design of the shelves – as a single module rigidly connected by sidewalls with a sewn back wall.
The size and position of the shelf were chosen so that tall cups with pencils and brushes could be placed on and under it on the table (Cover photo).
What was needed for the work.
A set of carpentry tools, marking tools, fasteners, joiner's glue, trifles.
A small universal saw-and-planer table saw of the brand “Mogilev”, an electric pendulum end-saw, a screwdriver came in handy. Hand-held electric circular saw (electric hanger). All this can be successfully replaced by analogs with a manual drive.
When working with a power tool, a good extension cord is useful, you should not neglect protective equipment – glasses or a transparent shield, headphones (earplugs).
Go to business.
The narrowness of the design, according to the conditions of the problem, made it much easier work – no need to rally boards into shits. The largest parts are made of standard edged boards – “inch” conifers. Of course dry. For a furniture application, it is more than two years in a ventilated stack under a roof.
Photo 2. Initial blanks-boards. So. Having decided on the design and dimensions of the shelf, I sketched a sketch and the dimensions of the parts on a piece of paper. I picked up a couple of suitable boards (Photo 2), with a crayon and a tape measure, I chose parts without significant and ugly flaws. However, I leave some on purpose, as a kind of decor. I cut out the necessary pieces with a small electric hawk (Photo 3).
Photo 3. Selected for the horizontal part, the pieces are the largest parts. Rejection – an operation with tears in the eyes, well, just a knife to the heart – so much goes into the stove.
Warm dry weather outside allows you to comfortably do dusty carpentry work in the open air – dragged your “Mogilev” out the door, put it in the “planing” position, processed all the details and brought their thickness to an elegant one (Photo 4). I collect coniferous shavings in a garden wheelbarrow and stuff them into empty plastic barrels and bags – this is an important material for a composting toilet. Again, hamster bedding.
Photo 4. Planing. Desktop universal machine “Mogilev”. On the lower parts of the ends of the long parts, in fact – the shelves, a large chamfer is made. This makes the design look a little sleeker.
Thin blocks – I picked up the blanks of the stops in the wooden trash and planed the section to the desired one.
An electric pendulum face saw – a kind of development of the miter box idea, allows you to easily and accurately cut the ends to size. Including with bevels, and at an angle. Aligned one of the ends of the blanks on it, measured out the parts with a pencil and tape measure, cut off the excess (Photo 5). The ends of the blocks-stops were cut off at an angle “to the viewer”. So they are less noticeable.
Photo 5. Trimming workpieces to size on a miter saw. To protect ladies' fingers from splinters, I had to work well with sandpaper. Applied with medium grain size. At the same time, the sharp edges were dulled and smoothed out.
Photo 6. A set of parts after grinding. Assembling
Wooden parts in the structure were fastened to the joinery PVA and self-tapping screws. I did not hide the heads of the self-tapping screws, while the design looks neater if the fasteners are arranged symmetrically or just monotonously. In the upper part, for the self-tapping screw, I certainly drilled a hole slightly larger than its thread. Places for drilling pricked with an awl, connected pairs of parts in an inconspicuous place numbered with a simple pencil. I tried to drill on the machine.
The squeezed out excess glue was washed with a damp, clean cloth.
Photo 7. Marking of places of installation of blocks-stops. It is better to make pencil lines barely noticeable and, if possible, in poorly visible places – pencil graphite is very reluctant to be erased (polished off) from light wood.
Photo 8. Glued and screwed stops on the side walls of the shelves. The wood burns on the bars are clearly visible – traces of cutting off long self-tapping screws that have crawled out. This is largely a consequence of the residence far from hardware stores – it is expensive to always have a large assortment of fasteners on hand. We have to limit the nomenclature in favor of longer ones and cut off if necessary.
Photo 9. External view of the assembled side wall. There is no need to countersink the holes for the “pot” heads – they are perfectly crushed into soft wood without it.
Long horizontal parts of the shelves were put on the stops and fixed in the same way. For glue and self-tapping screws.
Photo 10. Wooden part of the shelf assembly. Sewing-back wall of the structure is necessary both as a kind of local alignment of the characteristic relief of the log wall and as a brace preventing lateral loosening of the shelf. The back wall is made of simple thin fiberboard of poor quality. I marked a large sheet on the ground with a pencil and a tape measure, drew the contours for a long ruler – a piece of aluminum square pipe and cut it out with an electric cutter, placing a wooden cube under the sheet – a piece of timber (Photo 11).
Photo 11. A cut piece of fiberboard – a blank of the rear wall of the shelf.
On an improvised street table – a flat roof of a doghouse, coarse sandpaper cleaned the edges of the cut blank from rags and applied glue to the pieces of wood and nailed along the perimeter of the structure with small nails (Photo 12).
Photo 12. Everything is ready for fixing the back wall.
The hangers were made by the simplest – these are pieces of tape made of galvanized roofing steel in two layers. I nailed the tape on the back of the shelf with a number of small studs, distributing the load over several points (Photo 13). I attached the shelf to the wall with self-tapping screws for the edges of the tape protruding from above.
Photo 13. Fixing the shelf to the wall. Steel tape 0.5 mm thick in two layers.
Photo 14. Equipped shelf on the wall. After hanging, I had to pick up, put and fix in several inconspicuous places a couple of blocks that neutralize the unevenness of the logs. The cups available so far fit perfectly on the shelves and there is room for a few knickknacks. On the side of a clove hangs a canvas bag with dry lavender brought from Bakhchisarai in the summer.
The artist opposed the decoration.
Babay Mazay, August 2021