Open Shelves Bracket

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Blog entry by BertFlores58 posted 11-14-2012 03:22 AM 3653 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wooden brackets.

My daughter Janna needs additional shelves in the dorm to be attached in a concrete wall. There are 3 objectives: 1) The shelves has to be individually installed in a convenient space (the dorm is too small and has very limited space. 2) There is a need that it will be removed later when you need to transfer from other rooms. (Actrually we are only renting the dorm while Janna is taking Dentistry course 3 years to go from now). 3) Easy to install bracket is required.

With mentioned condition, I thought of a French cleat design however I come out a better and stronger way by using the sliding dovetail bracket instead. Here are some of the pictures how easy it is to make.

First step: Bracket shape and dimension. Using a 3/4×4 inches board, 6 brackets were made to be used in pairs for 3 shelves.

Second step: Cut strong wood of 1×1-1/2×4 inches for making the base board for the brackets. These will be attached to the wall in pairs.

Final step: Making the dovetail. Using a dovetail bit on my portable router, sliding dovetail were made for baseboard (tail side) and bracket (pin side). The baseboard will cater for the attachment to the wall using a concret tox (plastic inserts) and screws are hidden in the dovetail slot.

The final brackets:

The shelves…

It is stunningly strong bracket. The shelves are already installed (I dont have the pictures.) in the dorm.
Hope you have the idea. I will make more for my shoe rack, tool rack too. I hope this will add to your idea.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 11-14-2012 03:29 AM

love your innovative way bert

you always come up with good solutions
that are workable
and attractive

keep it up

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 11-14-2012 03:57 AM

Thanks David,
There is still a good thing that starts a conversation on this at the dorm with following questions:
“How the shelves were attached?” “Are they glued on the wall?” “How come it is strong?”
And some advance carpenter asking, “Who made this?”

Up to all what is the answer.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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