• Floating shelves

    Once my wife needed shelves in a combined bathroom. I didn’t really like the plastic and metal products that were offered in stores, so I decided to rummage in my supplies in the garage. I liked a few scraps of wood, which are quite useful for simple work. The material was well dried and strong enough for the manufacture of the supporting structure. A little bit of savvy and imagination, a good tool and used to carpentry hands - all that was required to fulfill a request.

    Making shelves

    Floating Shelves
    Floating shelves
    In my idea, it was required something like a narrowly hollow box, which had to be reliably attached to a concrete wall. For this, I took two identical boards for the sides of the box, which were supposed to play the role of the upper and lower surface of the shelf. I inserted two bars on the sides, and from the end I closed the construction with a suitable lath.
    Floating shelves
    Then you need a secure attachment to the wall. To do this, came a long bar, which needed to be attached to the wall. I screwed four bars to this detail, which played the role of small consoles. In order not to split the stones, I drilled in them the guide holes for the screws.

    Wall mounting installation

    Floating shelves
    Floating shelves
    The next stage required a hammer drill with a concrete drill and a screwdriver. I made a marking on the wall for drilling dowel holes. First he drilled the guides so that the tool did not move to the side. Having fixed one of the sides, I used the level to make sure that the hole for the second dowel will be drilled in exactly the right place. Important! The dowel must be paired with a screw, and the diameter of the drill is such that the plastic enters the hole very tightly with its edges after a slack hammer blow. Do not forget about the depth of the hole, which should be a couple of millimeters deeper than the length of the dowel. Installing the shelf
    Floating shelves
    It remains to put this long thin box on the mount design. The shelf should fit on the frame tight enough, but without excessive force. When the design fits on the frame with difficulty, gently earn the console and a horizontal bar with sandpaper or a file. If possible, it is allowed to do this with the inner surface of the box. If any of the consoles turns out to be long, you have to remove the surplus, and when the wall in the bathroom is fairly flat, the edge of the shelf fits very tightly with it. To hide the heads of the finishing nails, which were used to hold the main plates and other parts, I used a special glue for wood, mixing it with fine wood dust. So I made two shelves and placed them one above the other. Previously, my wife and I discussed the distance between the shelves so that it turned out to be optimal. It remains to screw the bottom shelf to the bottom mounting, and the top one - from above, so that the caps of the screws are not visible. As a result, the size of the shelves turned out to be exactly the same, and the location was symmetrical.

    Finishing Touches

    Floating shelves
    Floating shelves
    Before you install the shelves, I treated them with sandpaper, and then polished them with a special composition based on beeswax. This gave the products the most natural look. Small remains of wood remained, therefore, using L-shaped brackets, I attached one piece over the toilet paper holder to prevent its spontaneous unwinding. A minimum of time and materials spent and an acceptable result was obtained. Of course, not a masterpiece, but I know for sure that my wife was pleased.

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