Cut the pieces and fasten them to the wall
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Photo 1: Cut the branches
Build a simple jig to hold the branch
steady. Cut the ends flush with the end
of the jig.
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Photo 2: Drill shelf holes
Trace around the branches where they
touch the shelf bottom, then drill the
holes and screw the shelf to the branches.
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Photo 3: Fasten to the wall
Drill pilot holes near the top and
bottom of the branch into the drywall.
Then sink drywall anchors and screw the
shelf to the wall.
Bring a bit of nature indoors with this simple
branch-supported shelf. You’ll have
to find two forked branches about 1 in. in
diameter, with one relatively straight side that
will sit as flush to the wall as possible. We
trimmed our branches from a crab apple, but
you can use any smooth-barked tree. Our shelf
is 12-in. melamine closet shelving with the
ends painted white. Yours can be any wood
you like, but keep the width to 12 in. or less.
To make square cuts on the branch ends,
create a jig with scrap wood and a 2x4. Clamp
the jig to your workbench. Then clamp each
branch to the 2x4 and use the bottom edge of
the jig to guide your cuts (Photo 1). Cut the
branches above the crotch where the ends will
be wide enough to support the shelf—one near
the wall, the other close to the edge.
Clamp the shelf to the jig and trace around
the branch. Drill pilot holes near the bottom
of the marks at the front edge of the shelf so
the screw tips won’t poke through the branch
(Photo 2). Bore countersink holes for the screw
heads at the top of the shelf. Then hold the
branches tight to the shelf while screwing
them in. Hold the shelf level while you drill
two holes through each branch into the drywall
to mark the wall for drywall anchors.
Screw your new shelf to the wall and fill it
with your treasures.