This shelf is inspired by elements of the Supermarine Spitfire aircraft. The shelf is a simple project made from 18-gauge
mild steel sheet strengthened by dimple die holes on the flat and upright surfaces. The dimple die process considerably stiffens
the shelf which is also braced by end brackets that are TIG welded from the reverse surface to create an invisible join. To finish
the shelf it was polished using 3M Roloc pads on a die grinder and then sprayed with clear automotive lacquer.
We use the shelf
in the workshop to store loose items but it also works very well as a shelf to hold a few beer bottles. We have no commercial
association with Shepherd Neame who make Spitfire Kentish Ale but we think it is a fantastic beer, check their website out at