Step by step: make a fruit display

Step by step: make a fruit display

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If the green wall - which allows you to embrace all the plants in a garden with a single glance, will you be tempted by the vertical display? The warm and brightly colored fruits will brighten up a section of the kitchen wall as certainly as an Arcimboldo painting. A gourmet table, but also and why not, a fun way to know if you have consumed your quota of fruit for the day, using the floors as weekly benchmarks. To this, let us add that the fruits not being in contact with each other, they will keep much better over time. In order not to spoil anything, a display is much more practical to use than you might imagine. Perhaps a disadvantage? It cannot replace the fruit basket on the table! Each floor is made up of two horizontal rods, one passing in front and the other behind a vertical rod. It is between these two stems that the fruits are placed, as on a skeleton shelf that the ancients used to store the fruits in cellars or fruit trees. You see, the principle is not new. For materials, they essentially depend on what you want to achieve. It can be bamboo, more rustically hazel, simple cleats (slashed with a knife for a country effect), or why not in wooden curtain rods? It is with these that we have created this display. If we lose a little in "cachet", we certainly gain in time of realization. As so often, everything is a matter of compromise.
Difficulty : way Cost : around 30 euros Necessary material : - 1 rod of diameter 20 mm, length 1.5 m - 4 screw-on rod supports for diameter 20 mm - 5 round wooden rods of diameter 12, length 2 m - 2 dozen male head points 1.3 x 25 mm Tools used: - A drill, a hammer, a hacksaw, a screwdriver, pliers, a clamp, a spirit level, a meter, a pencil.

Step 1: Take the measurements

This is a crucial step, because it is what will give the final appearance of your display. Allow 10 to 15 cm between each level, think of large fruits. Plan overflows of different lengths on each floor if you want to "break" the too rectilinear rhythm of the composition. For height, if the display stand is above a worktop as in this example, think that you will have to reach the top taking into account the recoil facing the worktop. Regarding the dimensions, we cut the rod in half (2 x 75 cm) and measure a spacing of 60 cm between the rods placed vertically. The length of the rods forming the first two shelves at the lower and upper ends of the display is 66 cm (these protrude rods by 1cm on each side).
For the position of the bindings, it is a little more delicate. It is mainly a matter of feeling. They must support the whole while remaining discreet. So, by presenting them just under a floor, as if they supported it, they are much less visible, because it seems more natural to us.

Step 2: Saw rods and rods

You've made your measurements, it's time to saw the rods and rods to form the whole. The very fine teeth of the hacksaw make it possible to obtain a perfect and clean cut on small sections such as the ones we use. If you cannot hold the rod firmly, use the clamp to prevent it from rolling.

Step 3: Time to choose!

If you are worried about how the fasteners can turn after they are in place on the support, you are not wrong! Since the curtain rod supports are screwed into a wall by turning, it will not be possible to turn them afterwards, if they are mounted on the display. Whichever solution you choose, in the following two cases, you will need to dismantle the upper and lower stages, as we will see later, and then put them back. You then have two possibilities, either: - You now attach the supports to the wall by taking precise measurements; that is to say the spacing between two supports of the same rod and the spacing between the two rods. But this assumes that you have a perfect command of nailing round rods on round rods, as an alignment error could prevent you from sliding the display stand into its supports. - You do not care now, just put the supports in their respective positions. Once the structure is finished, it will be easier for you to define their location by placing the display on the wall, the supports in position. All that remains is to mark their position in pencil. We opt for this solution.

Step 3: Nail the floors!

Watch your fingers! Because nailing a round rod on a round rod can be somewhat sporty. The clamp, again, can be useful for holding one of the parts.
The first rod is fixed, take care of the opposite one to stiffen the frame. The marks previously traced on the rod will be of great use to us.
You can do in front of behind or a whole side first, as you wish.

Step 4: Locate the location of the supports

Present the display facing the wall. Use the spirit level to check its vertical and horizontal position. Position the supports as they will ultimately be. By placing the display on the wall, they will not move. With the other hand, trace their outline, it will be necessary to drill in the middle. Once all the supports have been identified, carefully dismantle the upper stage and the lower one. It is enough to pull slightly on the rods so that they come. Pull straight, smoothly, do not induce play at the nails. Locate their position exactly, you will have to put them back in the same place.

Step 5: Attach the supports

Drill in the center of your location. Use an eraser to remove pencil marks. Place a dowel (supplied with the support) in each hole.
Using the pliers, screw the double screw (supplied with the support) into the support.
Then screw your supports into the wall.

Step 6: Place the display

Put the display in the supports which are now fixed to the wall. Slide it up, then down.
Using the pliers, replace the 2 upper and lower stages by putting the rods in their exact position. This poses no difficulty since the holes are already made, it only remains to gently tighten so that the nails return to their initial position.
With the screwdriver, tighten the locking screw (also supplied) which will hold the rod preventing it from sliding. The upper floor should not rest on it to avoid making the nails that we just reposition work more, leave ½ mm, just to fool the eye.

Step 6: Place your fruit

An orange, a grapefruit, an orange, a grapefruit, etc. When you get there, the game is won.
During the long winter months, this little touch of color will do us the greatest good, for the pleasure of the eyes and the stomach!