So I looked high and low in stores for little display shelves that could hold a small collection of figures I've bought from a local artist (http://charmedgourd.com/). I only needed them to be 3-4" wide and 4" deep. I couldn't really find anything that I liked, so I thought why not make something.
I went rummaging thru my basement to see what I could come up with. After a little digging, I came up a punched angled galvenized piece of metal. That's a mouth full. Anyways it was a great find, because I wouldn't have to drill holes to attach it to the wall. I wanted this to be a simple build project. You can get a piece like this from your local hardware store for around $10 for a 4ft piece. Now that I had my "bracket", I just need a little platform for my figures to perch upon. I went digging in my wood pile and found a piece of thin popular from another project. Now, I've got all the pieces to build my shelf.
Time for tools. I dug out my Dremel tool and placed a metal cutting wheel in it. I put the metal in a vise and cut it half way between the holes. I aimed for 3 holes per shelf. After I cut the chunk off, I then stuck the filing stone in the Dremel and sanded down the sharp edges from cutting. I highly advise sanding this down. It's really sharp, and if you're not careful you could get a metal burr stuck in your finger. Ouch! From there, I took the wood to the table saw and sliced the platform off.
Now, I had all the pieces. How to assemble? Since these figures don't weight much, maybe 6oz, I opted to use Loctite super glue which works on metal and wood. 20 mins later, I had a little display shelf with an industrail feel. After I glued the pieces together, I had the brilliant idea of staining the shelve to match over wood work in the house. I recommended doing this before gluing. Either way though, I still love the way it turned out.
After everything dried, I was ready to hang it. I noticed the screws I had wouldn't work. The heads slip thru the holes. So, I used a washer to narrow the size. I held the washer in place with another drop of super glue. Problem averted. I love super glue.
Now, I have 6 little shelves holding up my lovely figures. The best part. It was made from pieces I had laying around the house!