Wednesday, 9 February 2011

When One Gets a Little "Board"

Over the past couple of months my parents and I have been saying that I need some shelving in my room for the books I have. Being a historical re-enactor one does tend to acquire a lot of books on history, armour, politics, household accounts, archaeology, and so on. However due to the small book space I currently have many of these books were living life on the floor, not the best place for a book.

As a woodworker I saw it as an opportunity to have a little fun and customise a piece of furniture for my room. I accompanied my parent to B&Q and bought some pine boarding. I know its not green wood as this blog focuses on but it was a little fun project for myself.

To achieve the design I had in mind I marked up the board every 2 centimetres.

Then next cut into the marks.

And then simply removed some of the wood on either side of the marks to create a diamond shape. I alternated the diamond pattern to produce this effect with diamond, square, diamond, square, etc.

All in all I am quite pleased with the effect the pattern creates. Give the shelf presence and looks a lot better than a plain flat shelf. Have now just got to paint the shelf and attach it to the supports.

Because of this I am now have ideas on other forms of patterning that I could do on future shelves. Maybe a zigzag pattern? Its amazing what one can do in a couple hours with a sharp knife, a bit of wood, and a little artistic vision.


  1. I like this. I think I might have to do something simular for my baby girls room.

  2. It something so simple but it makes such a difference. everyday i look at the shelf its just makes me feel good and it becomes part of the room. :-)............just make sure you got patience is the only thing