Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuesday, October 16, 1973-THE ICTHBRIDGE HERALD-3 'Christmas is peak shelve time' By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer Shelves are an attractive piece of furniture that can give any room a neat and orderly look. And more and more peo- ple are building their own. The experienced do-it- yourselfer can make them from scratch while the amateur can buy pre-made parts and assemble a shelf at home. David and Janet Ely, 18105th Ave. N., had eight feet of wall space doing nothing and a lot of books. A quick trip to a lumber store and about an hour's work later the Bly's books were attractively dis- played on the wall. Their shelves are eight feet long and 10 inches deep. There are three of them at a combined height of three feet. The quickly-assembled unit consisted of three uprights which attached to the wall and brackets at- tached to the uprights. Mr. Bly then bought some three-quarter inch plywood and had three shelves cut. His wife stained them and they were laid on top of the brackets. The only tool required was a screwdriver and the total cost was about A cabinet bookcase, the same size, made by a carpenter, would cost as much as a building supply firm says. Shelves are one of the most popular items being bought by the do-it-yourself buffs. Bryan Randall, of Revelstoke Companies Ltd 16023rd Ave. S., says they are second to plumb- ing and electrical supplies. Bud Burgess, of Beaver Lumber Co. Ltd., 3rd Avenue and 17th Street S., says the peak period for shelves is around Christ- mas. "Many people are still working outside their homes on garages and storage he said. "When it gets cooler peo- ple go inside and we sell a lot of them. They are a good item with us." At Eaton's, Mrs. Lee McColl of the houseware department agrees shelv- ing units are good sellers. "They come in handy in small apartments. They save space and are good places to put stereos, T.V.'s and other knick knacks." Another major depart- ment store spokesman says they aren't big sellers right now but are getting stronger all the time. "They're inexpensive, good looking, and anyone can build he says. Ric and Sharon Swihart, 429 13th St. S., made a beautiful set of shelves for the incredible price of A friend gave Mr. Swihart the wood, otherwise it would have cost him but this is still one-quarter the price a carpenter would charge. The only things Mr. Swihart had to buy were burlap, which he used to cover the shelves, screws and glue. The unit consists of three shelves. The bottom eight- foot shelf holds stereo speakers, books and records. The second shelf 18 inches above the bottom one and six feet long holds a T.V. The third shelf, only 6 inches above the second and two feet wide holds a turntable-amplifier unit. The unit took the Swihart's about 11 hours to build. The shelves were cut from a four by eight, one inch sheet of plywood. 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