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Excellent DIY Makes Ordinary Wooden Shelves Glow In The Dark

In 2013, former web-designer and software engineer from Norwich, England, United Kingdom Mat Brown gave up his job and started focussing on his passion for art and design.

The artist shared a DIY house project on his blog and reddit. Brown explains:

“We were running a bit short on shelving in the kitchen and wanted somewhere we could store all the preserves we’re going to make from the garden this year, so we went to the timber yard to see what they had. They had this, 155cm long piece of chestnut.
 
It was pretty heavily cracked and pitted, with knotholes and so on. But, I had a plan. Resin inlay. A technique traditionally used with a colour-matched epoxy to the wood, to give an ‘invisible’ repair. I’m taking a slightly different approach.”

And the approach sure paid off. The technique Brown uses yields some of the most mesmerising wooden shelves we have ever seen. This glow in dark shelves do not use rocket science and are extremely easy to build.

Follow these easy steps to build yourself some amazing glow in dark shelves, that will be the centre of attention in your house.

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Excellent DIY Makes Ordinary Wooden Shelves Glow In The Dark

Excellent DIY Makes Ordinary Wooden Shelves Glow In The Dark

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Imagine them in your home.

Imagine them in your home.

Extremely easy to make glow in dark shelves.

Get some wood.

Get some wood.

Get yourself some wood with heavy cracks and knotholes

Seal off the holes.

Seal off the holes.

Seal off the holes from the bottom, using aluminium plumber's tape. It's super sticky so it seals well, and it won't be damaged by the resin either. You might need these seals to hold for a few days, depending on the weather.

Level the wood.

Level the wood.

Make sure the wood is level, otherwise you'll end up with uneven resin bits.

Mix the raisins.

Mix the raisins.

All you need is some clear casting raisins of your choice.

Add the pigment.

Add the pigment.

Add the coloring pigment to the resin mixture. you could any color of your choice.

Curing the raisin.

Curing the raisin.

Make sure to pop out all the bubbles out of the mixture. Heat the mixture over a blow dryer, the bubbles pop out faster. Then need to cure the resin mixture.

Get the pouring done.

Get the pouring done.

Pour in the resin in the cracks. Leave it o set. Come back in an hour to check if they are leaking. If so, apply some more tape and refill the resin.

a bigger portion will take longer to set.

Wait patiently.

Wait patiently.

The resin takes very long to set. it might vary from 4 days to weeks depending on weather. So whenever you think is long enough for it to set, leave it longer.

Ready to be made pretty.

Ready to be made pretty.

Once the resin has dried off, you could start with the beautification process of the shelf.

Polishing.

Polishing.

Give it about eight to nine thin cotes of boiled linseed oil cut with white spirit.

getting close to the end.

getting close to the end.

Visible inlay and spalting.

brackets in place.

brackets in place.

Position the brackets and the support wood piece as per your desire. Make sure to drill them in firmly to hold the weight of the shelf and the things on the shelf.

During the day time, Placed and Fixed

During the day time, Placed and Fixed

During the night time.

During the night time.

Place whatever you desire on them.

Place whatever you desire on them.

Use the shelves in any fashion you desire and make your house the place to be!

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