One common problem that occurs when cutting-in paint around mouldings and glazing bars is that the bristles of the paint brush being used widen out to spread the paint on to other areas. This means that additional scraping-off work will be needed after the paint has dried. This can be awkward and time-consuming – especially on glass.
Avoid this by looping a small elastic band three or four times about 25 mm/1 in up from the cutting edge, so that the bristles cannot spread. Also remember to immerse the brush only as far as the elastic band when dipping it into the paint tin. If the brush is overcharged, the build-up of paint above the elastic band can be transferred to the mouldings or glazing bars.
Complex in appearance but relatively easy to build, the clean lines and complete adaptability of this latticework shelving system make it suitable for use in either living- or dining-rooms. Its design was influenced in conception by the art nouveau styles of the early twentieth century-
The various units can be combined or used on their own, while the position of cupboards and shelves can also be flexible. The glossy black finish and strong contrasting colour for the fittings are especially suited to the design, which is ideal for display.
The overall height and width and the number of central supports. Shelves and cabinets can be varied at will without detracting from the appearance of the unit.
The only critical dimensions are the thickness of the shelves and slats, which have to be identical – in the shelving illustrated 19 mm/1 in square softwood was used. For satisfying proportions. The thickness of the upright supports should be slightly greater than that of the shelves – in this case they are 25 mm/1 in square. Preparing the supports and shelves Lay out the upright supports, cut to length, for one side. To ensure that the upright supports are equally spaced and exactly vertical, cut spacers to identical thicknesses and position them in the centre and at either end of the gaps.
With the width of the overall structure decided, cut the slats and shelves to size accordingly. If a stained finish is preferred, apply the stain before assembling.
Pin a slat flush with the top and bottom of the upright supports to hold them in place. Then, using a slat as another spacer, work down the complete length of the uprights, gluing and pinning each slat in place and checking the alignment with a try square.
A totally flexible system To make a unit that can be dismantled to be moved from room to room, use hardwood for the slats and shelves. Cramp two slats or two shelves together at a time and, using a drill stand, drill a hole centred on the join. When assembling, insert pegs into the holes between slat and shelf to hold the structure rigid.