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Project by Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor posted 09-01-2014 05:41 PM 929 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While playing around with my wall sculpting ideas I came up with this piece that enabled me to use some cutoff scraps that would have otherwise gathered dust in the cutoff bin forever.

I have always been impressed with the strength of the rare earth magnets and a while back I bought about 200 of them… so I decided to incorporate some in this key rack. I tested their strength with this shelf and had 2 sets of keys, two crescent wrenches and 2 pocket knives stuck on them and they held strong.

The wood is oak and the magnets are 3/8 magnets that are epoxied into holes I drilled.
The key shelf mounts with 2 keyhole slots on the back. This was done with the Rockler keyhole template and I have to say that it is worth the $11 I paid for it…especially for using on irregular shapes.

The entire key shelf took less than an hour to complete.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.





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#1 posted 09-01-2014 05:54 PM

Greg,

Last wall shelf and this are great! Your work is always top notch and creative. It’s great to see your growth as an artist and craftsman.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 09-01-2014 06:00 PM

Hello Greg

Wouawww this shelf is unique

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#3 posted 09-01-2014 06:06 PM

You are on to something here Greg. These sculpted wall hangings should be very well received. I really like this one a lot

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#4 posted 09-01-2014 07:12 PM

another cool idea, a great way to use scrap and make something nice looking…i might have to use your idea and try to make me something like this…ive wanted to do some sculpting, just been to warm outside to stand there and sculpt in the heat, ill wait a bit…great idea, i like the magnets.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 09-01-2014 11:13 PM

Very cool Greg. Those magnets are awesome… The shelf is too. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#6 posted 09-01-2014 11:24 PM

i tell you what i’d love to hang is a knife holder for the kitchen for my expensive knives but I want it greg the cajun box sculptor way. not to say I could ever afford something like that but it might be an idea for you to sell to all the other people with a keen eye for good craftsmanship and that like to take care of their tools.

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#7 posted 09-02-2014 12:10 AM

Definitely a cut above the average shelf. I like your design.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#8 posted 09-02-2014 01:09 AM

Greg: TNX
Your ideas are growing on me…
Keep on grinding..

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#9 posted 09-02-2014 02:27 AM

Very nice Greg

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#10 posted 09-02-2014 03:37 AM

Thanks…! I appreciate the comments. A key shelf is such a basic idea and simple to build..but what was fun for me is using my sculpting style on it to make it unique.

I have a bunch of tool holders in my shop that use magnets and they are very convenient but nothing new…however putting my own spin on an old idea with my design keeps it interesting and hopefully profitable.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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#11 posted 09-02-2014 08:49 AM

Less than an hour. If only I could ever finish a “quick” project

-- Matt, California.

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#12 posted 09-02-2014 09:03 AM

Very cool. It would add a real flair to the room.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 09-02-2014 09:32 AM

Again- another keeper.

Did you use a router on the top of the shelf or just grind it?

here’s a challenge- try to hide the magnets so it looks like the keys just “attach” to the wood. I’ve seen some knife racks like that, it may be an added feature to look into, but then it may take an hour +15mins :-)

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#14 posted 09-02-2014 02:32 PM

Matt…it is a welcome change of pace to occasionally do some projects that get done fast and easy.

Monte…can’t let that wall space and small pieces of wood go to waste…

Tooch…the top shelf was recessed out with a router bit and a homemade template. Very fast and efficient.
I have experimented and used magnets that were recessed deeper and covered with a thin plug on some of my boxes. I find that their holding power is not nearly as strong. I would have to use a larger magnet to overcome this while keeping the small shelf as thin as possible so it doesn’t look too bulky. I also have 175+ magnets left that I bought that are all 3/8”

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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#15 posted 09-02-2014 04:31 PM

great use of scraps, it looks like “the wave”

-- Smitty!!!

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