Wine Glass Shelf

Supplies:

1/4″ thick wood for bending (Oak bends the best)
3/4″ plywood (to create the forms you will bend the shapes against)
finish nails
Wood stain (if desired)
Clear satin wood poly or lacquer
Sand Paper
Lots of Clamps
Steam Bending Box, safety gloves and water

Step 1: Set Up Your Steam Bending Box

To bend wood and make it stay therein shape you would like to steam it. I built a steam bending box employing a kit I bought from a well-liked online wood working retailer.

For this project, I found that the 1/4″ oak I used needed to steam within the box for a minimum of 20 minutes at full boil temp.

Place the strips you’ll bend within the box – they ought to be longer than you will need – you’ll always trim them down later (as I did).

Make sure your wood is good and straight grained – it’ll have a bent to tear out and split round the bends if not (this also can occur if you do not steam the wood long enough).

Step 2: Steam Wrap and Clamp

ALERT! confirm you’re wearing proper protective clothing and gloves when accessing wood from the steaming box – you’ll be severely burned if you don’t!

You need to figure fast with the wood once you’re taking it out of the box – you’ll steam multiple pieces, but only take one piece out at a time.

Pull a bit out and immediately clamp it in multiple areas round the form. you’ll see within the pics that I drilled holes within the form for the clamps to suit into, and that i used thin blocks against the wood therefore the clamps didn’t mar the wood.

Keep these pieces clamped for a couple of hours to form sure the wood stays within the intended shapes.

Step 3: Assemble the Pieces

This design includes 3 pieces – the bell, plus two pieces to form up the stem. I had to steam a couple of stem pieces to urge two that had matching angles on the feet as they slope faraway from the vertical sections of the stems.

Carefully drill down into the stems from the bell, keeping an area between the pieces. don’t attached pieces yet.

Sand and stain or sand and seal as required , using your favorite finishes. Doing this while unassembled allows you to urge in between all areas.

Attach the pieces to every other with screws.

To hang on the wall, I drill angled holes within the back of the bell section at its widest point. I took two small #6 finish nails and snipped the heads off of them. I then inserted them into these holes, securing them with CA glue. When done, you ought to have two nails protruding and pointing downward when viewed from the side.

Pushing downward as you place the shelf into the wall will keep the unit in situ while you load it up with corks or other objects.

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