My wife asked that I build some shelves that our cat can use to think that up to this window up here, she asked her just straight shelves but I think or that boxes would look a lot better. She could put pictures in them or candles or whatever. So I’m going to build a couple of boxes. The first one will be here and then when we staggered all the way up so it’ll be here. And then the top one will be level with this shelf I’ve already built one thing for this room, is sitting right over there. And so I’m gonna use the same wood and stain it the exact same color so everything matches. And so hopefully he likes it and we’ll actually use it.
I’m using the exact same wood as that bar cabinet and always start a new board with a clean edge by tripping off the end. Using the measurements that I’ve already figured out, I cut up the boards into the desired length. One of the boards I got is five and a half inches wide and can be easily cut with one pass of the miter saw. The rest are seven and a quarter inches wide and has to be cut in two passes in case you were wondering, this is a Birchwood. I then sanded every piece that had been cut and put down a tarp after realizing that the surface of the saw was scuffing up the boards, it would be very difficult to see on the inside of the boxes after putting them together, which is why they are being sanded at this point in the process. This was also the time to sand off the labels and smooth out the sharp edges. Again, I’m building three shelves, so here are the pieces that I’m gonna use to build it, but there’s still some adjustments to be made. But generally this is basically what I’m using. So there’s six kind of rectangular square almost where pieces, there are six of them, one for each side. These are going to be the tops and bottoms and then this is going to be the back.
All right. So when I put it together, it’s going to look kinda like this. Now the changes that I’m going to make or that I’m going to cut a strip of this off the front, cut it off, and then I’ll put a new face on it so that way it’ll be flush with the face here and flushed with the top on this side. So that way there’ll be a lip all the way around that. When I put carpet on the inside and I want to put carpet on the inside, I mean generally won’t see it and it’ll look a little bit nicer. All right, so my next step is to just start putting it together. I decided that the best method for connecting all the pieces was with wood glue and finish nails. First I applied a decent amount of glue and then shot him in the nails. The boards are three quarter inches thick, and so I use one in a quarter inch nails. The top surfaces still needed to be cut. So at this point I just assembled the bottom sides and back. I wiped off the excess glue after the four boards were connected. Once one box was done, I repeated the process two more times.
The next step was to trim and assemble the tops with the front of the board placed in its desired spot. I marked the overhang off the back to be trimmed off. All three tops were marked to custom fit the box on which it would be placed.
One of them even needed a little bit extra trimmed off. I then tacked in the tops using wood glue and finished the nails and used to clamp to hold it in place while getting the first nails in.
The only piece left to build was the front edge. I measured the space on both sides to ensure the right measurement and again measured each box separately to ensure that the piece on all three boxes fit perfectly, just like all the other pieces, these were sanded down before assembly. I did everything I could to make sure my cat wouldn’t get a splinter from these boxes. The front edge was easy to assemble and all three were done the same way. Then I sanded all the knee joints and followed that with a thorough vacuuming, an air hose, help get rid of all the dust.
I tested the stain on a scrap piece of wood and compared it to the bar cabinet inside to make sure I was about to use the right stain. Once it was confirmed, I went ahead and started on the boxes. There are lots of different ways of staining and many of them work very well. The way that I do it is to apply a hefty Mount on the surface, let it sit for a little over a minute and then wipe it off with a rag. It’s worked pretty well for me so far, so I’m sticking with that. I find it very important to wear gloves during staining because if it gets in your hands, it’s difficult to get off. Also, it’s better not to stop the process once you start, so there’s an even coat of stain on all the surfaces. When the front had dried enough to touch, I flipped them over and stain the backsides after the stain had dried properly. I applied two coats of polyurethane. Now it was time to figure out mounting the boxes on wall. There’s a stud almost right in the middle of the window, so that’s where the middle screw would go. Two more screws. We’ll go three inches from each side. I used to punch to Mark the three spots, then pre drilled holes for screws and finished it with a countersink.
This is a countersink bit and it’s used to make room in the wood for the head of the screw. In this case I’m using it so the screw head is almost flush with the surface of the wood. The last step before mounting the boxes was to cut in place the carpet. I thought it would be easy to cut the carpet with a scroll saw, but I was clearly wrong and switched to using a blade instead and that worked much better Two of the boxes have carpet that fit into the space on top because they will be flush with the wall. The box just under the window will have a slightly bigger piece of carpet because it will lay on both the box and the window sill.
The carpet is temporarily held down with double stick tape. I say temporary because it didn’t adhere to the carpet. Now it’s finally time to Mount the boxes. The top level is flush with the surface of the window sill and is level with the ground. Having the screws partway in the holes made it easy to hang on my own. Once the middle screw is secured, the two in the side were easy to screw into the wall.
Next I mounted the bottom box using a large square. I made sure it was directly below the top box to figure out where the Sidebox would go. I measured the space between the two boxes already mounted, subtracted the height of a box and divided by two. That gave me the distance between the middle and top boxes, which is the same as the distance between the middle and bottom boxes. I have to admit it was pretty cool finally seeing the boxes up on the wall, but it wasn’t done yet. I needed to secure the carpet. The tape stuck to the wood pretty, so I put hot glue on top of the tape so the carpet would actually stick to the tape. That seemed to solve the problem. Then to hide the screws, I put a cap on each one and with that it’s all done. Not surprisingly, Gus showed very little interest in it at first, but with a few treats, he figured it out in a sense, discovered how good of a vantage point it is. It meshes well with the rest of the living room, so if the cat didn’t like it, at least my wife would. Also, the boxes can be easily taken down and put up almost anywhere. So if we change your minds, we can move them around or when we ultimately move, we can take them with us and put them right back up.