Lumber and Bottle Shelving
This is a simple way to create a very affordable and attractive modular shelving unit out of reclaimed lumber and glass bottles.
Project Difficulty: Moderate
Safety note: We advise that you wear safety glasses or goggles when using any mechanical equipment. Protective gloves are also recommended for this project.
4 bottles/shelf. All the same height preferable
2 Planks of wood
2 hook and eye strainers / turnbuckles
Step 1: Gather Supplies. For one module you will need: Four bottles. All the same brand/height/shape preferable. Wash them thoroughly in hot soapy water.
Two hook and eye strainers/turnbuckles. I used the smallest I could find, which are 14mm OD at the buckle and 5mm OD at the threads.
Two planks of wood, holes drilled - careful! there are two different hole diameters, and if you are leaving one rough edge as I did here, make sure you take your measurements from the straight datum edge.
*REVISION* I would now NOT drill the holes in the lower shelf (the 30mm ones) all the way through, but drill them from below to half depth, using a flat bit. They will then rest on the tops of the bottles of the module below, rather than allowing the necks to pass striaght through as was the case in this prototype. (See discussion in comments)
Screw in the cup hooks halfway between the holes on either side, as shown. Depending on the height of your bottles, you may need some ess hooks too to help the strainer reach between the upper and lower hooks.
Step 2: Place the bottles and top shelf
Place the bottles concentrically over the holes of the lower shelf. Then carefully lower on top the upper shelf, allowing the necks of the bottles to pass through the 46mm holes in the upper shelf. Allow the shelf to rest on the necks of the bottles. Then by hand adjust the bottoms of the bottles so that they sit flush with the lower shelf.
Step 3: Tense up!
Attach the hook and eye strainers and ess hooks if needed, between the opposing hooks. Tighten up thoroughly.
Step 4: Assemble into a larger unit
Make as many modules as you need, of whatever sizes you require. As long as the bottles are of the same height, and your holes are drilled precisely, you can stack the modules on top of each other.