My daughter is developing quite a green thumb and has accumulated a few small house plants over the past few months. She likes to keep them in her bedroom window during the day to give them a bit of light. However, at night, she lowers the shade for privacy so she must move the plants to the floor. So, she asked me to build her a window shelf so she can leave her plants up all the time.
I thought this would be a great opportunity to do some carving using my X-Carve to make it really pop. I talked my daughter into sketching an ivy design that could be carved into the legs and top. My X-Carve has a limited carving space, so I decided to do a single pattern on one side and mirror it onto the other side and carve it in 2 separate sessions.
I scanned the images of her ivy sketches and imported them into Inkscape. I traced the sketch and made minor adjustments to make it carveable. I then imported the Inkscape file into Easel (X-Carve’s G-code sender tool).
I bought a 1″ thick x 9″ wide Poplar board at Woodcraft. I chopped it into pieces and carved it using a 1/32″ up-cut fishtail bit. After the first leg, I broke my bit. I ordered replacements from Inventables, but they were on back-order, so the project got shelved for about a month.
I used my bandsaw to cut out the legs and belt-sanded most of it to a nice finish. The inner hook took quite a bit of muscle to get smooth. I put a fancy roundover bit into my router table and finished 3 sides of the top. More sanding and they were finally done.
I used a 3/4″ chisel to carve square holes into the under-side of the top for a tight fit. I took a 3/4″ bit and drilled shallow holes on the inside of the legs to hold the 3/4″ round dowel rod.
I used drywall anchors to afix the legs to the wall, and wood glue to join the 3/4″ dowel rod and leg pegs. The top was a tight fit into the window sill, but I put 3 screws straight down just to make sure there was no movement.
In total, the project took about 2 months, but about 1 of those months was waiting for router bits to arrive. Most importantly, my daughter is happy, so I’m happy.