Saved Pine Shelves
Friday 05 September 2008
Alan Holtham reclaimed some pine to make a stylish shelf unit
I can't seem to pass a skip without peering inside in the hope of finding some raw material that could just come in handy for a cheap project one of these days. My most recent discovery was spotted outside a gents outfitters which was undergoing a refurb. When I spotted some smashed-up shelving units made from clear yellow pine with no knots my heart skipped a beat because this material is a far cry from the quick-grown, knot-infested rubbish sold these days under the name of softwood.
For the cost of a drink surreptitiously slipped to the young foreman, this trove was mine. It speedily found its way into the back of my estate car.
As I had been asked some time back to make a small pine shelf unit and had been putting the job off, the prospect of making it for next to nothing spurred me into action. The project was not entirely plain sailing however...
First some drillingWith the sides cut to size, the first job is to drill the holes for the height-adjustable shelves. To ensure perfectly spaced holes on both components I used my Veritas drilling jig which comes with a range of guidebushes to suit
different-diameter drills. Use a piece of tape on the drill bit to act as a depth stop, and take care not to drill right through the side - not that I would ever make such a basic mistake, but more about that later! The Veritas jig allows you to produce both rows of holes at one setting, and then match them perfectly on the other piece with a single measurement (see photo 3).