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The Art of Making Shelves(Jk)

You know those cool shelves I got?
These ones to be precise http://s18.postimg.org/822iiiai1/IMG_20160124_114658.jpg
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Well, Today I'll teach you how to make them yourselves just like I did.
(I am not a genious behind the camera so spontaneous pictures below)
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Like every good carpenter (lol) and every good handyman, you got to have good Wood and good tools to operate.
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This wood is called Pine. I use it because it is relatively easy to penetrate (that's what she said) and I just love the color. Very easy to work with.
I bought 4 logs measuring each 6 feet long.
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Now, your sizes will vary depending on your needs. In this case, I decided to cut the wood to make it thinner, as this helps with the overall weight of the wood itself and the resistance in regards to the wall. If you live in the U.S, you know we rarely have concrete walls inside the house/rooms.

It is very important that you bring the wood to a wood cutting place, like I did. This way you can measure with precision and cut as desired.
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One of my tips is that I find much easier to cut the wood in half (if you buy 6 feet long logs) and then do your shelving work. This is because it is very hard to put a 6 feet long shelf on the wall by yourself. So, cut the darn thing!!^^

Like a good Handyman, you need these tools to be practical and successfully work on those shelves.

L Brackets.

I utilize these because...well I just like the "floating" shelf feeling that they give and they take very minimal space. They hold extremely well the wood in place also.
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You can easily find those at most hardware stores in the U.S.

Screws

If you're using the same measurements I am (wood is usually 1x2 since my needs aren't that demanding in regards of size and weight) then you want to get these below.
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Here more info on the sizing and brand
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Remember, Do it once, Do it right! (lol).

Drill

Get it, don't argue with me just get one.
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Like you probably already guessed it, you use the Drill to well..drill the screws into the wood (like shown below).
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Trust me, Do not try it with an screwdriver..just don't.

Now, look at the pictures and drill those screws into the wood as shown. I found it easier to do this if you grab a "drill bit" and make a little hole where you want the screw to go in. If you skip that, it's fine but it might be a pain to screw it in while holding the L bracket and drill.

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Once you're finish, it should look like above. See how you can barely see what will hold the shelf up?

These are the next tools to get for the creative part of the deal.

Paint

You want to get an oil paint to get the best results. A paint with "gloss" will look great compared to a "mate" one.

This Black one is the one I used on my first display (most of the pictures I've uploaded here @ MFC)
http://s16.postimg.org/ykldv0l2d/20160128_155522.jpg

Since the wall I'll be working on this time is White, I shall try something more funky and go with this beautiful "Caramel Apple ala Iron Man" Red
http://s16.postimg.org/mf0rycvqd/20160128_153056.jpg

Spray away.........
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Make sure you do an even job everywhere, You might need couple cans of paint. Also, after it dries, you might need to reapply to get the desired color.
Let it dry for at least 1 hour each log. Try using an air purifier for smell (after you install the shelves in your room or inside the house) or you can do my homemade trick (which will be shown at the very bottom of this blog). Always do the installation of the brackets first so you can spray paint screws and brackets together with the wood and get a an end job that will look closer to floating shelves due to camouflage uniformity.

Inside Tools.

These tools you will need to work on the inside/room.

This thing (straightener)

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This comes very handy when working with longer shelves as you can drill the center bracket to the wall and then use said tool to do the other sides and keep it straight.

Screwdriver

For the wall, I do recommend using this instead of the drill. This is because screwdriver gives you more precision, much better steadiness and less impact on the wall which limits the movement and drywall particles.
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Screws

These screws are different from the other ones mentioned previously. I love these ones because their flat head allows for maximal tightness between the bracket and the wall. I found that this size is perfect for this job.

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Wall you're about to get screwed
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Alright so, here is a captain obvious picture of what to do with the screwdriver.

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After you screw one screw (lol) in, you then put this tool in the middle like this:
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Once you find it centered, you screw the other bracket to the wall.
The end result should look like this:
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Yes it is centered correctly, lol.


That pretty much sums up how to do it.

Then you add your cool figures to the shelf and voila, here you go.
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I will be adding many more shelves so basically the updates will be in how I do it and things of the sort.

A piece of advice: Start with the top and then move down, this way for many reasons you will make your life much easier. And yes, I totally did not do it like that this time and I will be crying when dry wall falls to the shelves below or where the shelf slips and brings down the figures in the shelf below it. lol.

This is a very fresh project (these new shelves). I started them today and I am writing this blog 3 hours or so after I started. I will be updating it as I add more shelves and such.

(space reserved for Updates)
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Now, onto that homemade method I mentioned in regards to removing/absorbing paint smell.

You see these pictures? (duh, yes I know you see it,geez)
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Notice something unusual there? Yup, the two containers. One on the floor and one next to the TV. These containers contain Water. According to google, "The water in the bucket helps by absorbing the solvent vapors left over from the paint, and the more buckets the better." And to think that my elders were the ones who gave me this tip (lol). So, if you can't afford or don't want to buy an air purifier, do this method and TRUST Me it works wonders. Overnight you can reduce almost 90% of the smell.
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Lexiy The WCF Aficionado
Bayuro4 l. temu#6255764Hoping there will be no earthquake while living there. Everybody will gonna fall off in case it happens unless you put some glue or double tape under the figs.
lol you're person number 48456838428978934 who uses the earthquake reference lol
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Hoping there will be no earthquake while living there. Everybody will gonna fall off in case it happens unless you put some glue or double tape under the figs.
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Lexiy4 l. temu#6255175LOL
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Thanks for the link to your other article. I too run air purifiers. I started putting them in every room as I finished remodeling them and before I got serious into collecting figures. It does help alot but of course isn't 100%.
4 l. temu
Interesting tutorial thanks for sharing. One thing got me a little worried though and it all has to do with how thick you drywall is. Been building my home for years now ( should I say renovating ) and depending on the drywall thickness your 1 " screws may just barely getting into the wood studs. I am hopping you used a stud finder first to mark your wall where you should drill.

If you used longer screws to put up your shelves then I need not worry about the install. I am simply worried about it as I say that 1 inch screw package. lets assume you have a 1/2 thickness of drywall then you have a 1/8 thickness for the bracket you see where I am going with this right. Not much is left of the screw to grip into the wood stud.

Personally I would recommend at least 1 1/2 inch minimum for your install of the shelves to the wall.

= )

Tia
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Lexiy The WCF Aficionado
KaigeKrysin4 l. temu#6255249Im afraid i got distracted from the thread at the photo where your wearing socks with inappropriate footwear xD

LOL I knew that was going to happen
4 l. temu
Lexiy4 l. temu#6255134Exactly the reasoning behind my wood choice. This wood sleeves weight less than 2 pounds.

Good! :) Definitely not too concerned because these trading figures are so small, but who knows who could read this and try it with their larger figures, only to find that their drywall isn't strong enough.
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Im afraid i got distracted from the thread at the photo where your wearing socks with inappropriate footwear xD
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Lexiy The WCF Aficionado
HobbyCentric4 l. temu#6255171Every time I see pictures of your setup....it makes my right eye twitch. I have this vision in my eye of a never ending process of dusting. Sort of like painting the Golden Gate Bridge. They start at one end and it takes roughly 5 years at which point they simply begin again.....and so on and so forth.

LOL

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Every time I see pictures of your setup....it makes my right eye twitch. I have this vision in my eye of a never ending process of dusting. Sort of like painting the Golden Gate Bridge. They start at one end and it takes roughly 5 years at which point they simply begin again.....and so on and so forth.
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Lexiy The WCF Aficionado
take1234 l. temu#6255126Dusting that will make me q q!!
It should not lol. I made a blog recently showing how I clean. Super easy.
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