Metal Shelf Copycat- Part I
Hey lovely friends!
I have been eyeing this beautiful bookshelf for sometime now. The black metal mixed with the wood had my heart all sorts of happy! As many of you, I did not want to spend over $200 on this, albeit the price isn’t too horrendous for such a gorgeous piece. I wanted to recreate this beauty, but knew I would need some help from my dad since he knows how to weld and I do not.
Prior to my trip home, I ordered some steel from a local steel supplier. The kind of steel and thickness depends on what type of welding setup is available. Since my dad did not have his string welder setup, he used the stick welder. I purchased 24 feet of 3/4″ thick square metal tubing. The shop cut the metal for a few extra dollars. Note, the location I went charged $4 per cut, which my dad was astounded by saying that was way too high. Could be worth a shot asking nicely if they will do three cuts for the price of two; the answer is always no if you don’t ask.
When I got to Nevada and it came time for us to work on the shelf, I had to determine the measurements. To make life easy, we replicated the measurements from the original shelf with the distance from the wall the only variance. 29 inches wide, 70 inches tall and 8 inches deep. We measured and marked all the pieces. Since that was my job, I was sure to measure very carefully as we had no room for mistakes, seeing how I bought just enough.
Unlike the shelf from cb2.com, we wanted four points to anchor to the wall as opposed to two to provide more stability. Because of this, my dad had to make 8 mitered cuts. To do this, he used a Milwaukee band saw, which was used for all cuts on this project. Once all the cuts were made, we did a dry fit to ensure everything was precise and even.
My dad first welded a horizontal shelf bar to the vertical support bars. Corner magnets were used to keep the pieces together as he welded. Once the four shelf bars were welded, he welded the four 90 degree mitered joints. The corner magnet also came in handy for this step. I am sure you are asking, well how are you getting the shelf to fix to the wall? My dad cleverly welded washers to the unit where the screws can go through and hold it to the wall. I thought this rather genius, which he basically is!
Finally, my dad got out the grinder and smoothed out all welded surfaces. Finish off with a coat of black spray paint from The Home Depot, and viola! You have a beautiful beginnings of a wall shelf! I cannot wait until this is all done and displayed proudly in my bedroom.
Shout out to my sweet dad- Ken Leader the Legend- for helping me out. From start to to finish it only took him two hours. This project would’ve taken me an entire day had I known how to weld. Stay tuned for part II where I will show you the wood shelves I pick out and the styling!
Bye for now babes,