The Great 2008 2 x 4 challenge ! #1: bathroom 2 x 4 vanity shelf

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Blog entry by Bob #2 posted 01-26-2008 03:32 AM 1042 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m not going to beat about the bushes with this utility bathroom shelf.
It is what it is, a shelf made from a 2×4.

I made it from a 2×4 ( spruce).
The top and shelves are 7” wide and 12” long.
The unit stands 25” tall.
The 2×4 was sliced in half and the boards jointed to make the shelves.
The four legs are 2” tapering down to 1-1/4”. Each section of the leg has two dowels placed to pin it to the shelves, the legs had to be cut in opposite directions from the stock to acheive the right width at the top.

The finish is nitrocellulose lacquer – White.

Time is not my freind right now so I have to make do with a few minutes in the shop when it presents and lately, that’s not often.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#1 posted 01-26-2008 03:41 AM

Pretty good!

It’s amazing what can be made from a 2×4

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-26-2008 03:46 AM

sweet 2×4

you might get my vote?

if I vote for you?

can I have one of those pink towels?.......<vbg>

the toilet paper roll really makes the shot…

and the flower is the icing on the cake…<g>

I love it!

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Bob #2

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#3 posted 01-26-2008 04:02 AM

Gary, What momma want momma git!

Roman you know darn well your welcome to those towels, just run it it past the boss first.

I ‘m lucky to get a shot of this thing right now as I am just in the finishing stages of a $15,000.00 office/warehouse reno. Ceiling electical, bathroom upgrades, demolition and repaiir and the list goes on. We took 30 yards of material out before we could even start and I could use another 15 cu yd bucket.
It’s so over heated here that people have been coming in while we are working trying to rent the space.



-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 01-26-2008 04:11 AM

You guys are killing me (in a good way) with all the things being made with a standard
2×4 stick.

Great job on the design and execution.

-- Still learning everything

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#5 posted 01-26-2008 04:20 AM

I’m just kidding Bob#2

As much as some might think I look good near pink towels, really I dont. No arguement there. The subject of pink towels in my bathroom has never come up yet…..........thankfully.

Good to know the market is doing well in your endeavors.

I love renovating

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 01-26-2008 04:21 AM

Hey Bob #2…....that’s good thinking. I like the beaded detail on the lower shelves and the tapered legs. That’s a good look’in project.

Oh nice touch on the towels with the nice ruffle and lace :)

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#7 posted 01-26-2008 04:51 AM

Hard to belive that was a two buh four…Nice one!


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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 01-26-2008 05:54 AM

You have certainly ennobled that humble 2×4. Great job, Bob!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Scott Bryan

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#9 posted 01-26-2008 06:13 AM

That is a really nice project. I am amazed by the projects that can be completed from a simple 2×4. Before seeing the projects posted here I only thought of it in terms of rough construction and would never have envisioned using one for a furniture project. The imagination of some of the members of this group simply has no boundaries and they are capable of working well outside the box.

You and the others posting 2×4 projects are an inspiration to the rest of us.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 01-26-2008 06:20 AM

no one (but us LJ’s) will ever know what lies at the heart of your project. Oh what wonders the lowly 2×4 has now achieved, never expecting such transformation, thanks to this contest

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#11 posted 01-26-2008 06:26 AM

That came out great, Bob.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 01-26-2008 11:24 AM

Great job with a single 2×4. Heck, that would be a great job with grade A hardwood!

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#13 posted 01-26-2008 01:22 PM

News Flash: 2×4 transformed into fine furniture … Film at 11. A very nice piece.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#14 posted 01-26-2008 01:45 PM

That’s just…ummm…Wow just doesn’t seem to cover it. Very impressive from a single 2×4.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#15 posted 01-26-2008 03:40 PM

That’s a dandy, Bob. I never think anything about what I find in the bathroom. I keep the one in the shop suitably “Manly”( dirty) to suit me. And the towels ain’t pink.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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