I don’t get a lot of time. But when my daughters nap times sync up I can usually get some THINGS done. Today I wanted to build a rustic coffee shelf. But here’s the thing…if I used my power tools the girls would have woken up! So this was made ENTIRELY using hand tools. Oh and by the way…I’m TERRIBLE with hand tools…
The coffee shelf is 14″ wide and 14-1/4″ high. It has (2) 14″ long shelves to hold coasters, coffee, sugar and mugs. The shelf also has (3) hooks mounted on the bottom for another set of mugs.
I grabbed a handful of scrap wood boards and will be joining them later on. But first things first! Grab a tape measure and mark out 14-1/4″. Carry your mark end to end with a combination square.
Using an $18 Ryoba hand saw and a clamp, I made all of the necessary cuts.
PRO TIP! It’s always better to cut just slightly outside of your line. This way you can chisel or use a hand sander to give you a nice straight, flat edge. If you go over the line it’s GAME OVER! You’ll never get that material back! Just sad memories of the wood that got away…
I grabbed some homemade steel wool & vinegar stain and generously brushed the mixture all over the newly cut wood.
The stain goes on fairly clear at first but don’t freak out! Take a deep breath, go grab a latte and a venti blonde roast (for me) and by the time we’re finished our hot beverages the stain will have transformed our boards into rustic masterpieces.
Liberally apply glue to the inside of each board and join them together. Because I only have a couple clamps, I’m employing the ever professional “two clamp and a paint bucket method”. But the more clamps you have the better! Use what you have!