Make 2018 the year of the #shelfie. Learn how to create the illusion of floating shelves with the help of woodworking extraordinaire, Aleksandra Zee.
- Hey guys, I'm Alexandra Z. I'm a woodworker by trade, and this is my show, Tools, Tools, Tools, where I make home improvement easy through step by step tutorials. Welcome to my workshop. Have you ever thought to yourself, I wish I could make that? Well today, your dreams are coming true. We're gonna tackle floating shelves. Don't worry, we're not going to be drilling rods into your drywall, we're going to create the illusion that the shelf is floating by using brackets and hiding them. So in order to do this, we're gonna learn about the circular saw. In order to make the saw work, we have to engage the trigger switch, which is right here. And to make the trigger switch work, there is a safety. Both need to be engaged at the same time in order for the saw to run. Next, we have the cutting depth, and this lets you adjust how far your blade will cut into the piece of wood. Next we have the guard for the saw blade. That protects you from anything flying back or kicking back at you. Lastly, we have the shoe, the shoe is what the saw rests on. That will show you if you're sitting at a 90 degree angle and properly on your table. So before I start my saw, I'm gonna make sure that my blade is at least a quarter inch below where I'm gonna cut. Good job. Let's make some floating shelves. So, I'm gonna set a mark right at three feet, and then we're gonna take our square and make sure we've got a straight line. Set your saw up and make sure your line is right at the zero on the shoe of the saw. Going to undo our extremely tight clamps. Jeez, I did a really good job tightening those. Alright, shelf number one. Shelf number two. So as you can see, the saw did chew up just a little bit, so we're gonna sand that so it's nice and smooth and doesn't snag on anything. Alright, so we've got a polycrylic, I like to use this one because it's a water based poly, and I like the finish. You can apply a generous coat, it dries clear. When applying poly, make sure that you go with the grain to avoid any kind of cross brush strokes. And we're just gonna let this dry, and now we can measure where our shelves are going to be hung. Oh hi, Jack, you gonna help? There's a couple important things that you need to think about before you install your brackets. First is, what's gonna go on your shelf, and how many shelves you're gonna want on your wall. So, for me, I've decided that I am going to hang my first bracket at 73 inches, so I'm gonna start with my top hole on the bracket so that I can still wiggle it around and make sure that it's level. Easy goes, alright, and we're in. Now, I need to make sure it's level. And, we're good. Definitely start slow with the drill to make sure you don't destroy your wall. And if you are hanging anything heavy from your shelves, you need to make sure that there are studs behind your brackets. Beautiful, we are creating the illusion of a floating shelf, and what we're going to do is hide this bracket with the things that we put on the shelf, so just to double check, I wanna make sure my measurement on either side of the bracket is even so that my shelves fall in a straight line. Now we can drill in the shelf to the bracket. Look at 'em float, wasn't that easier than you thought? What do you think, Jack? I think he's pooped, we'll see you next time on Tools, Tools, Tools, bye.
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