Friday, April 29, 2016

Easy Ladder Shelf

For every show I do, there is AT LEAST one project that never gets finished and doesn't make it.  This easy ladder shelf was the lonely, left-behind project from last show.
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I started with two "ladder pieces".  I originally had four ladders that weren't ladders, but actually sides to an outdoor tent I had picked up for free for outdoor shows.  I never did any outdoor shows so after the tent sat in my garage for years, I decided to use the parts and pieces.  Two of the ladders I painted and sold as decorative blanket ladders.  
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I used part of the other two ladders in the sides of this bar. 
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I had two short pieces left that I knew would make great sides for a shelf.  I got them painted white before the show, but that is as far as I got.  
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I used reclaimed barnwood for the shelves cut 22" long.  I ran them through the planer because they were different thicknesses, I wanted the wood to be a lighter color, and it is so much easier than sanding. I have only had a planer since moving into our new home. Sanding does work perfectly well, it just takes longer.
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I screwed the shelves into the ladder rungs.  I did briefly think about adding a bracket under the shelves to join them and then screwing the bracket to the rung so the screws wouldn't show on top, but I said, "Nah, no need to do the extra work."
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I added an X on the back with thin, flexible tongue and groove beadboard.  This adds not only an extra design detail, but it helps to make the shelf more sturdy.
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I left the wood unstained and simply finished it with Minwax polyacrylic, which really brings out the natural beauty of the wood grain.  
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This is one of those shelves that can be used in so many places.  It is sturdy and has great space between the shelves for tall items.  


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