Aromatic plants shelf

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Project by Sylvain posted 05-05-2018 02:26 PM 1345 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife (excellent cooker by the way) had seen an aromatic plants shelf advertised by the DIY/home improvement store (150,- Eur).
I tried to evaluate the dimensions from the photo and to make one myself.
Here are the results (a few weeks later…).
I started from rough sawn pine from the DIY store hand planned to about 18mm.
(nothing needs to be to precisely known dimensions in this project).
This was a good opportunity to hone my dovetail skills. There are 10 boxes (40 corners). Each corner has two tails, one pin and two half pin.

For the frame of the shelf, there are two horizontal board in dados with two wedged tenons (inspired by Paul Sellers drawer back board). Those are my very first dados.
There are also 5 “French cleat” attached with through tenons to the stliles.

Everything is finished (inside/outside) with two coats of “V33 Huile – mobilier de jardin -waterproof” (garden furniture oil).
The inside is lined with plastic but there are holes in the plastic and the bottom of the boxes. We will see how many years it will resist to rot.

Although the dimensions are taken from the advertisement photo, the boxes are too small, they should be at least 1” wider and deeper.
The height between two boxes is also too small.

I didn’t spent as much as if I had bought it.
The great benefit is of course the nice time spent at the workbench and the honing of my skills.

Electric tools used only to bore holes an screwing screws.
Everything is glued with “water resistant” glue.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#1 posted 05-06-2018 03:43 AM

Nice job, I may have to make something like this for the wife.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#2 posted 05-06-2018 12:46 PM

I really like the look of the dovetails on the pine. Good work.

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#3 posted 05-06-2018 02:02 PM

Thank you for the nice comments.

This is what was advertised.
Built with nails. Board thickness 10 mm.
The top and bottom boxes are part of the frame and thus fixed

The advantage, if any (not speaking about delay), is that it is said to be made in acacia which is supposed to be resistant to rottenness.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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