Thank you, Pinterest, for a constant flood of ideas for cute-sy type projects that the softer side of my household enjoys. Original design is not a strength for my lovely wife, but she knows what she likes when she sees it and that is where the power of Pinterest shines through. Lindsay regularly shows me pictures of home decor ideas and says, “I really like this, would you build it for me?” Unfortunately I am compelled to decline most of the time because the projects she finds would either cost too much or just wouldn’t fit in our regular sized house (a high percentage of Pinterest pictures come from Southern Living caliber houses). But every once in a while she finds something and I get to say, “Yeah, I will do that for you.”
Pop projects (from Pinterest or other sites) don’t interest me. I like to spend my limited shop time building solid wood furniture that needs no stain or paint. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m not building things for everyone. I build things for me. I expect furniture (or other decor) to be durable, timeless, well proportioned, functional – you get the idea. Lindsay just likes things that look nice and make her life more comfortable, like most Pinterest followers, I suspect.
I didn’t photograph a proper build-along with the hook shelf, but here is a little guidance for construction.
Drafting with thin sections of wood and a sharp chisel is more fun than pencil and paper.
I based the proportions for this shelf on hooks that I bought from my friends at the woodwork shop. You can order them from Rockler. Because I can not cut my own complex molding (yet), I picked up a piece of crown molding from the home center that I figured was about the size that would look right. I then sawed a few thin sections of wood and played with the pieces to get the dimensions that looked about right (no drafting on this project).
The joinery is not pictured. I planed a shallow rabbet on the bottom back edge of the shelf to fit the back. This rabbet makes assembly an easy job – try nailing two boards together like this by yourself and you will see the purpose of the rabbet. I then nailed the crown molding in place, caulked the joints, and painted with regular household trim paint. After the paint cured I screwed the hooks in place and hung it on the wall using these neat hangers. I think the end result looks nice.
I added a detail of hand planed moulding at the bottom and top edges of the shelf board. I did this loosely based on the instructions in Matt Bickford’s excellent book on the topic. It’s a great read even for those of us who don’t currently own moulding planes. The best part is that rounds like this can be made with just a rabbet plane and a little patience. Notice the facets that are apparent only if you look closely. That is the sign of making a round surface from a straight edge tool.
Even though Pinterest has a very girly feel, I will confess to visiting the site more than once. It is a powerful search engine that produces a visual flood of images that are often more relevant than a Google image search. I dare you to search for something related to furniture building or woodworking. Search specific terms and you may be surprised at the quality of search results delivered. Warning – Before browsing, make sure no guys are looking over your shoulder when searching there – they may revoke your man privileges.