Hello all.. Its Saturday Feb 13th the day before Valentines Day and I’ve been very very busy building for spring.. The orders pile up quickly. I’m making raised garden beds. But I’m making from reclaimed CLEAN pallets. Its not hard to find the clean ones just ask the businesses that your look at. They will […]
I have an order to build a boat shelf… I’ll be sure to take pictures and blog about this one because i haven’t done anything like this before.
But isn’t that the fun of building?? New challenges like this ? 🙂
When I saw boat shelf builds on pintrest I looked for plans on line and of course there are many build variations. The trick is to find one that suites you.
Me , I like using pallet wood when ever i can. So i decided to use pallet wood for the sides and shelves for my boat shelves.
I used 1×6 spruce wood for the back and bottom shelf since that’s the most important part in order to get the best fit and straight lines.
When i decided on a height for my boat I put together 4 1×6 boards and attached cross stringers along the back. This was simply a 1×4 and a 1×2.
Finding the center is crucial for the look of your boat. Once you have that then drawing free hand from the side to the center point. Use a jigsaw to cut out one side. Flip the off cuts to the uncut side and use that as your template. Now you should have identical sides.
Once i finished the back, my next step was the bottom that’s why i added one more strip along the bottom so i have something to attach the shelf onto and add more strength to the frame of the boat shelf now.
Now that you have the basic frame done, the fun of attaching the sides begins. I decided to attach a properly sized piece of pallet wood and nail it onto the back of the shelf.
I personally found this much easier that trying to fit larger single pieces of sheet wood for the sides. I also nail each side piece into the one under it. This increases the strength and keep your work straight…. Well as straight as possible 🙂
When you finish attaching all your pieces on the sides the next step is to figure out where you want the shelves. Take a measurement where you want your shelf and cut to fit.
I attach extra support on the sides to assist holding the weight that your customer may wish to put on the shelf… I always try to over build my products a little.
In addition to the side supports I also screw the shelf in from the back.
Now that all your shelves are done, the final step is the trim. This is a trial and error step with several fit checks.
I started with the top and worked my way down, since the top i think is the most critical to get aligned and straight.
Here were the critical point of attaching the trim. The bottom was next part to go on and to align the top and bottom much easier.
This was the 3rd boat shelf i made.
My 4th would be a little taller and deeper.