Cabana shelves

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Project by GeoBuk posted 02-20-2012 03:26 PM 1288 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

These are replacement shelves I made for a neighbor. They fit on the ends of an outdoor shelter for his grill, which I think of as a sort of cabana.

They are made of 6/4” Radiata Pine. Each one was made from a 19” by 60” board that was glued up from 2 pieces with 1/2” hardwood dowels. I made a template from the old shelves and cut shape on band saw.

After sanding, I gave them a coat of an oil-based primer. I followed with 2 coats of oil-based gloss deck/floor enamel. I treated the bottom side the same as the top.

Next came the fun part, the black accent rim. I did this by marking with my compass and taping the line. The best thing I learned is what another neighbor suggested. That was to use vinyl tape for masking. I bought some 1/2” at an auto parts store and 1/4” wide at an office supply store. The 1/4” was great for tight radius at ends, the 1/2” was fine for gentle curves in middle. I stretched it slightly as I was applying and was able to make nice curves. I was very careful to pressure the tape with my thumbs to ensure a tight fit.

I applied 1 coat of the flat black enamel and after 24 hours of drying, I carefully pulled the tape.

The idea for the accent came after I finished painting the boards. The boards were large and very plain and needed something more.

-- George in Missouri

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#1 posted 02-20-2012 04:19 PM

A most unique project ,very well done. It looks like a great shop you have there.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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