Made at 173: Simple Shelf for the Kitchen


Sometimes I post old projects just for posterity - this is one of those posts so please bear with me.  When we first bought 173 back in '97, one of the first things we did was paint the kitchen, of course it really needed much more than that but back then there just wasn't the money.  But I had gotten a Craftsman router and I was dying to use it.


And when we moved in we inherited a small collection of old metal shelf brackets.  So I chose these two...


And because the kitchen table is hunter green...


After sanding the daylights out of those old brackets, I used the old Krylon...


 to paint them hunter green to match the table...


Then came the fun part!  Mind you, not only was this the first time using my router, it was my first time using any router!  When I was a kid I watched my dad use a router tons of times, but you know how it is - when you're a kid you don't pay much attention - mind caught up in thinking about the other kids at the school playground, wondering what inning it was!  Anyway, after a couple practice passes on a piece of scrap wood I gave it a go!  This was quite a few year ago so there's no action pictures, but here's how it turned out:


Sure, it wasn't the finest piece of wood, and as you can see about midway in the lines got a little wavy but geeze, I sure was proud!  I don't remember the color of the stain, but it turned out a decent color and didn't clash with the tabletop.  This is how it looked back about '98 or '99:


And here it is after the 2018 kitchen re-do:


And a bonus shot...


I know, lots of writing for such a simple little project, but isn't that the fun of having a blog?

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