2 carpenter's axes
Wooden boards (for shelf)
角度铁（3/4英寸x 1/8英寸x 48英寸）
Hardware (include details)
*Additional power tools may help to speed up this process, however they really aren't necessary.
Step 1: Cleaning and Preparing the Hatchets
The axes were both quite rusty when I bought them over the summer, so I wanted to clean them up before I integrated them into my shelf. I wanted to keep with the theme of no power tools so they were sanded entirely by hand with sandpaper and sanding sponges. I removed all of the surface rust, but I left some oxidation in the pitting because I really liked the effect it gave. The rust left in the pitting shows the age if the axes, and with the rest of the surface all shined up they look really great. This step took me around 3+ hours to sand both axes, and this can alternately be done with a wire wheel on a bench grinder, with an orbital sander, or with a belt sander, but the effect the hand sanding gave compared to a wire wheel looks fantastic in my opinion.
Step 2: Cutting the Boards to Size
The boards for the shelving are made from reclaimed wood from our barn, which I believe to be cedar. I wanted the shelf to be 24 inches long, so I cut the board into 2-foot lengths. Depending on your axe handles, one of your boards may have to be a fraction of an inch bigger to account for any potential tapering. I also needed the top shelf to be much shorter in width than the bottom shelf, so that I could maintain the look that the axes are holding it into the wall. Again, I used all hand tools, so the boards were cut to length by a handsaw, and then I used a chisel and a hand plane to bring the boards to the proper width. The boards still had some paint on the back for when it was part of our barn, so I also used the hand plane to clean up the underside. The dimensions of your shelves rely heavily on the type and size of the hatchets you have, so most likely you will need to come up with your own unique measurements.
I wanted to make the shelves appear as floating in order to really sell the effect that they are being held into the wall by the axes, so I used angle iron to make some custom brackets. I used 3/4 in. x 1/8 in. x 48 in. Plain Steel Angle from Home Depot (although any angle iron should work). I cut it to length using a hacksaw with a metal blade just shorter than the length of the shelves. I used the only power tool of this project in this step to drill holes into each side of the bracket.
Step 4: Installing the Shelf
To install the shelf I first laid out where I wanted it to be, then made sure it was level and pre drilled holes into the studs in my wall. I then mounted the bracket to the shelf using #8 x 3/4 in. Wafer Head Phillips screws, then fastened the bracket and shelf to the wall using #10 x 2 in Flat Head Phillips wood screws. Make sure that the screws for the shelves are short enough that they won't poke out the top surface.
This step is also highly dependent on the size of your axes and dimensions of your shelves, so there isn’t all that much to be said about it. Just note that sheetrock is not strong enough to hold up your shelf so you will definitely want to mount it to a stud, and if you are trying to install it into a plaster or concrete wall there are special hardware anchors designed just for this type of application.
Step 6: Final Thoughts
我鼓励你看看你已经拥有的东西，并试图将这些物品转变为创造性和有用的东西。我想试图证明骑自行车看起来很漂亮，并且可以比你能够购买的产品更好（更不用说你的价格范围内）！Again, I really want to reiterate that this project can be done entirely with some simple hand tools, and that just because you may not have the right tools, please don’t think that a project is impossible to do or out of your skill range. Personally this was the first time I have ever made a shelf, but I learned quickly and I think the final product came out wonderful!