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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…

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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.
  • build a rustic coffee shelf, painted furniture, shelving ideas
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…
  • build a rustic coffee shelf, painted furniture, shelving ideas
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.
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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!
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