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Project by That_Weird_Uncle posted 03-04-2019 01:50 PM 303 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wife got on Pinterest and got the idea that hexagon shelves are the cat’s meow so I made her a batch of them ;) this is how I justify buying tools. Very straight forward build. I got some 1 1/8” plywood that used to be some old concrete forms I got for free and I cut 30 degree angles on either end of the stock for the angles on the 6 individual sides of each hexagon. Cut some shelves out and nailed/glued in place. Bought some thin plywood at the orange big box store and nailed that to both sides of my hexagon then used the router to trim it to size/the exact profile. On the fifth one I experimented to make it easier on myself for painting. I ended up temporarily attaching the front to the box by affixing painters tape to the thin plywood and using hot glue to attach the painters tape to the hexagon. This allowed me to cut the profile then remove the face so I could paint the body and face separately. The end result was a much better two tone paint job on a fraction of the time. The others I had to tape off and touch-up with a small brush by hand. To hang the shelves I made a low profile cleat for each one. Total I did about 5 shelves and it took me an embarrassing 15 hours or so to do them all. I think of I did it again I could do them in 5 and they would look a lot cleaner using my detachable face trick. I also could have spead things up if I used new material. As you can imagine using old concrete forms meant I had to do a lot more sanding and prep. They all came out really nice in the end though and I learned a few things so I guess it worked.

-- "The beatings will continue until the morale improves" --Grandpa





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Travis

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#1 posted 03-07-2019 03:31 PM

Our wives must look at the same Pinterest sites because she has been asking for hexagon shelves, too. I will (hopefully) learn from your experiences when I finally undertake the task myself.

Look great!

-- Extra screws left over are just evidence I found a better way to put it together.

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#2 posted 03-07-2019 04:04 PM

Great build. Always good to have happy wives.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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That_Weird_Uncle

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#3 posted 03-07-2019 11:07 PM


Our wives must look at the same Pinterest sites because she has been asking for hexagon shelves, too. I will (hopefully) learn from your experiences when I finally undertake the task myself.

Look great!

- Travis


Great build. Always good to have happy wives.

- WayneC

Best two tips I can give you are to first: on the glue up use painters tape to tape the parts into a line, apply glue then roll it into a hexagon. I used a couple pin nails to prevent the parts from sliding around.

Second: to make paint easier put painters tape on the 1/8” plywood face then use hot glue on the frame to hold the face in place. Cut the unit out with your router and carefully use a screwdriver to remove the face affixed by the hot glue/tape. Now you can paint the inside color of the shelf let it dry and put the shelf face down for paint on the outside color then paint the face the outside color and glue it on when dry. Of course I only thought of this on the 5th one I made so the first 4 I had to tape off and hand paint which took much longer and gave me a worse result. In all I had so many people like them though I’m considering a small production run of another 10 or so to sell on the Facebook marketplace.

Best of luck to you on your build!

-- "The beatings will continue until the morale improves" --Grandpa

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