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Craftsman Open Panel Shelf #1: Money is tight - Anniversary Present for the Wife

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Blog entry by depictureboy posted 08-21-2008 08:12 PM 1952 reads 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well with the help of several people in the forum I have figured out how to make a really cool shelving system for my wife. We have a bare wall in our living room that is just screaming for something cool…so using a catalog that I get ideas from I decided I am going to try and build this:

The hard part about this was the ‘free floating shelves’. This is where all the great LJ people come in to really help….using their thoughts and some late night magnifying glasses…I came up with how I think they did this…


I figured that once the shelves are in the notches, I can use keyholes from the back to really secure them to the frame. I havent figured out how to do the mullions yet, but I will. And I havent decided whether Iam gong to try and put a mirror in the panel or leave them open.

I have changed some of the design elements. To try and add some more support to the shelves. So I added a dado along the front to help suport the shelves a little bit more…but not a whole lot as its only about 1/4 inch deep.

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.



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PurpLev

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#1 posted 08-21-2008 08:54 PM

yup, thats how I think the original design was setup as… and should have plenty of holding strength for small/lighter items (lighter than books that is…but still heavier then feathers)

looks great! and a great idea for a present – something to look at and think of you every time she goes by it ;) keep us posted on progress… would love to see the result.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 08-21-2008 09:59 PM

with “money is tight” and this is the end result – then it just goes to show you that money doesn’t matter!!

stunning.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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depictureboy

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#3 posted 08-21-2008 10:14 PM

Heh thanks MsDebbieP…according to sketchup its only about 15 bdft of lumber, so depending on the final wood and wastage it could only be around 30-50 dollars to make….the magazine charges $200 for the shelf…

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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Partridge

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#4 posted 08-21-2008 10:24 PM

I would all most thicken the bottom section of the notches…. this would be under the shelf were they connect

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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Partridge

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#5 posted 08-21-2008 10:27 PM

and i would not use a loose grain wood or to soft.

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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Karson

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#6 posted 08-21-2008 10:38 PM

Very nice. A great looking wall piece.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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depictureboy

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#7 posted 08-21-2008 10:55 PM

Partridge, It looks like they were using oak, so I was going to go for oak or ash…I need a light wood because of where its going to be…all the furniture in there is like a honey oak color…do you think that would work?

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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MsDebbieP

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#8 posted 08-21-2008 11:01 PM

looks like it is worth lots of $$$$$
so your project is going to be priceless.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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trifern

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#9 posted 08-22-2008 12:37 AM

Very nice looking plan. It’s not about the money, it’s what’s in the heart. I look forward to seeing the completed project.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Ampeater

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#10 posted 08-22-2008 05:46 PM

I really like the design of these shelves. I have a lot of photos hanging on the wall going up the stairs to the second floor. With some modification and careful design these shelves could be used on that wall. I would break the shelves into three sections and raise up the second set of shelves so that the bottom shelf of the second section aligned with the middle shelf of the first section and the bottom shelf of the third section aligned with the middle shelf of the second section. (Stairstep concept) Of course, the shelves would have to be fairly narrow.

Thanks for posting.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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depictureboy

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#11 posted 08-22-2008 05:59 PM

Ampeater,

http://www.homedecorators.com/P/Craftsman_Open_Panel_Triple_Three-Shelf/850/

they have several different designs that use the same basic back panel….their site and catalog are great for ideas…

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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sIKE

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#12 posted 08-22-2008 06:10 PM

Pocket holes/glue from the bottom of the shelves should work great and you can get plugs to filling the pocket holes.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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