A few months ago a friend of mine made a comment about his Amibo collection and not knowing what to do with all of his Amibos. He wanted to have them on display but was not a fan of the standard shelf you find in the big box store. I had recently finished a previous project and mentioned that I would be interested in trying to craft a custom shelf for his Amibo collection. We settled on the idea of a shelf based on the idea of the Triforce from the Legend of Zelda series and I got to work that night. Till this point, most of my experience as a woodworker had been straight cuts and right angles. I quickly realized that I was going to go way outside of my normal routine to build this shelf. I began by doing some miniature test builds to test my measurements and cuts.
With a test piece out of the way, I went ahead and gathered my parts for the build. In order to save time, I purchased a few pieces of oak board from my local Lowes (This isn’t a plug for Lowes, though I do love their 10% Military Veteran discount program). This wood is already prepped and ready for sanding. I transferred my test measurements to the larger pieces of wood, cut it to size on my miter saw, and after a few passes with the orbital sander, I was ready to glue my primary structure together.
I considered using cabinet screws to attach all of the pieces originally but decided against this approach for two reasons. Considering the load that this shelf was expected to hold I already was thinking that screwing the wood together would be a bit overkill. The second consideration was my lack of a counter-sink to hide the screws once installed. Basically, I lacked the required tools and skills to improvise, so glue it was.
I glued and clamped the primary structure, then I repeated the whole process on a smaller, secondary structure that was to be placed inside of the primary structure.
I let the shelf set overnight and did a strength test on it the next day. Satisfied that my Guardian Amibo was no match for the shelf, I went ahead and cut the back panel out of 1/8th inch plywood. At this point, I realized that I probably should have applied my Amber Shellac before attaching the back panel but I could still use a brush to work in the edges so I let it be.
After a couple of coats of the Amber Shellac, I began crafting the foam inserts. This part of the process is my favorite part because this is the moment that the project really comes to life. I began by taking exact measurements of the interior of each triangle (I do each section to account for any small differences that may exist). I then transfer those measurements to regular foam crafting board (the kind you put your 5th-grade science fair project on). I subtract about 1\16th of an inch from all sides and then I cut out the foam pieces using an Exacto knife. With this complete, I turn my attention to the fabric backing.
I found some lovely, inexpensive black and gold pleather at my local Joanns Fabrics store to use for my interior inserts. I outline my foam inserts on the back of the fabric, then I add roughly 3 inches to the measurement on all sides of the outline. This allows the fabric to wrap behind the foam insert. This extra lip behind the insert is where I apply hot glue to attach the fabric to the foam. All of this is hidden away from view once the insert is set inside of the shelf. This is also the reason why I removed 1\16th of an inch from the foam cutout earlier, to account for the space that the fabric would take up. Once inserted you are left with a clean backdrop with which you may present your Amibo collection
After finishing up a few small details like adding protective feet and wall mounts, I am left with a great looking shelf!
If you made it this far then I thank you for your time.
(Shameless Plug) If you are interested in possibly owning a shelf like this one, feel free to check out my Etsy store where I offer custom built shelves just like this one in a variety of sizes. Feel free to ask for a different custom build as well, I’m always up for a new project.
Best of luck to you, reader.