Building a small corner shelf
What prompted this corner shelf is the salad bowl in this picture. We use it probably three times a week, but it's too big to fit in the upper cupboards, and it doesn't go well with the pots and pans. A small shelf to put it on would be a solution, just like this one at right, which I built a few years ago.
I used some pieces of oak that I cut from log sections that were meant to be split into firewood, first flattening them on the jointer, then resawing on the bandsaw, then through the planer to make short boards.
It turns out, I set the router bit a bit higher than it was meant to cut, so there was a bit of wood left on the corner. I cleaned that off with a small hand plane.
Once the glue dried, I ran the shelf over the jointer and through the thickness planer to clean it up. I love having a 12" jointer. That said, the joint was even enough that smoothing it over with a hand plane would not have been much work either.
Then cutting it out on the bandsaw...
Because this is going into the kitchen, it may get wet from time to time. For things that may get wet, a polyurethane finish, not water borne, is better. I bought this can of spray on polyurethane, and it's still good after a year. Much better than the polyurethane in a paint can, which seems to always develop a thick skin if the can has been opened just once.
That said, the spray varnish is much thinner than varnish in a can, and I had to give it a lot of coats.
The shelf itself is attached to the rails with two small screws from below. I left about a millimeter of slack between the edge of the board and the rail to allow for seasonal shrinkage and expansion of the shelf.
Quick shelves with
mortise and tenon joints