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Simple plant shelf just hangs from an eye screw.

Simple plant shelf just hangs from an eye screw

A pivot point and gravity let this lightweight plant shelf hang on a wall and support a flowerpot up to 8 inches wide. The simple shelf has an L-screw in its back that slips into an eye screw in the wall. Downward pressure keeps the shelf in place; the heavier the pot, the more stable the shelf becomes.

Designed by William Stanley of Buellton, California, the display shelf requires few materials: 2 feet of rough-sawn redwood 1-by-8, a 3 1/2-inch piece of 1/2-inch dowel, a 1 1/4-inch eye screw, a 1 3/4-inch L-screw, four 2-inch-long (6d) galvanized finishing nails, and wood glue. You'll need a hammer, electric drill with 1/2-inch bit, and a saber, band, or coping saw.

To start, reporduce actual-size patterns on paper and transfer them to the 1-by-8. Saw the corners off the square platform, then cut out the two brackets.

Stack the brackets and drill a 1/2-inch hole at the point shown in sketch. Glue the dowel into the holes, spacing the brackets 1 1/2 inches apart.

Position the brackets so the curving faces start 1 1/2 inches from the front of the platform. Join the two parts with glue and finishing nails. Add the L-screw to the back so it stops just short of the back end of the brackets. Seal or stain as you like.

Photo: Flush to wall, redwood plant shelf disguises how it is secured

Photo: L-screw fits into eye screw. For masonry walls, set eye screw in an expansion plug. Spacing of side brackets keeps shelf stable

Photo: Octagonal shelf starts with square; saw off corner triangles

Photo: Mark two identical brackets. Grain should run horizontally
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