More angles - little ladder shelf

I like the clean lines of this little shelf. Not sure whether it will become a plant stand or bed side table in the spare room. Found it quite tricky to put the bottom shelf in the right spot - even though the legs were fastened with 2 screws each at the top there was still enough give so that pushing a leg out or in a bit created a wobble. Ended up putting glue on and with the help of an extra pair of hands and a spirit level put the shelf into place by trial & error, making sure the whole thing stood nice and firm on the ground. Put on some clamps & came back the next day to put the screws in. Used a plug cutter to cut 'covers' for my screws from off-cuts of the same timber, but didn't quite manage to get the grain aligned so you still see them. Made these from decking boards (very close in dimensions to 1x3 boards) sold as 'forest reds' in the hardware store, which are a mix of eucalypt hard woods.

Estimated Cost
$18 for timber
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used
Exteriour grade clear poly-urethane
Recommended Skill Level



Tue, 05/29/2012 - 16:35

Your step table, step stool, whatever you want to call it is beautiful. Great Job! I have made four of them. I reinforce the bottom shelf in case you want to use the step-?? to get stuff off high shelves or just paint a room and not mess with a step ladder. My first one is in our kitchen and it is the most used piece of furniture in the room. I got my grandkids and a little girl from across the street to build the others. The loved the experience. You can see pics at my page on Ana-White.