Cathy and I curbed some glass shelves a couple of years ago. They have been hanging around in my garage ever since. I saw a project in a new publication called, My Home My Style. (updated to add--the publication is no longer in circulation, but you can check out their website.
The glass was shipped in plywood pieces.
This is what I found upon opening that plywood box. Two very heavy duty tempered glass shelves.
Rip 2 x 6 on table saw
Because this shelf is modern, the boards needed to be squared off. I removed some of each side of a board (2x6?) I really can’t remember. Do you see that green paint? .51 cents at Home Depot.
Looking at the picture of the shelf in the magazine, there was a little extra space at the top and bottom of the “support” piece.
I needed a square board to place on top of the support piece. I was going to go with a 4x4 but it was too large. My table saw will not rip such a large board, so I went with plan b.
Cut and glue two 2 x 4's
I ripped a couple of 2x4’s and glued them together with Gorilla Wood Glue as though they were one board.
Clamp 2 x 4's
I clamped them using quick clamps and allowed them to set.
If you look closely you will see that I have a scrap piece of wood between my board and the clamp. This wood is soft. If I had tightened the clamp on my board, it would leave a dent.
I used some more Gorilla Wood Glue to attach the “new” square boards to the support piece.
Add support boards
This is the support piece with three “square” boards glued in place.
Soap screws for easy application
After the glue set up, I turned the piece over and screwed some screws through the support piece into the “squared” boards. TIP-soap your screws for ease. You won’t hear that dreaded SQUEEK!!!!!
Paint modern shelf black
Can you see that the “squared” boards resemble 4x4’s? Hindsight 20/20 I would have used 4x4’s and then made the support piece wide enough that the 4x4’s would have worked. I spray painted it with my el cheapo primer.
I painted it black with some oops paint.
Insert glass shelves
Now you can see how it all came together. Very modern floating shelves hanging on a privacy fence for staging.
The gap between the boards was a little difficult to pull off. The gap had to be just wide enough for the piece of glass to slide in.
I think it looks pretty neat hanging on the fence.
I put some little candle holders on the shelf to help the shelf “show up”.
These glass shelves are very thick and very heavy. I have attached two “D" rings on the back for hanging. However I think I will have to make a slight change. I have them centered from side to side, 24 inches apart. Because the “D” rings are centered, the piece sort of goes wibble wabble while being hung on the fence.
Cost? zero! Although there was quite a bit of work involved since I really didn’t know what I was doing. There were plans in the magazine, but they didn’t fit the materials I had. You know I’m a use what I have kinda girl!
Do you like it? or is it too modern to suit you? I highly recommend this magazine. I subscribed to it as soon as I saw it. There are no advertisements and I read it cover to cover. That is something I rarely EVER do.
I used a large piece of free glass to make a top for this pallet sofa table.
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.