The corners of these are held together with brackets, so he took his table saw to cut them out. The remaining pieces are the boards he used to make my shelf.
He did his magic, like he does and produced this beautiful and rustic shelf.
The details from how it went from boards to the shelf is a little fuzzy for me. Perhaps, if we get enough interest, I can get my talented husband to be a guest blogger and describe how he did this.
We decided not to sand or paint anything. We really like the rustic look this shelf has. But if you prefer a more finished look, you can always sand and paint as desired.