Louisiana Style Art Decko' Wall Hanging Shelf

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Project by longgone posted 09-10-2014 10:19 PM 2555 views 19 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been running this wall hanging design around in my thoughts for a while so I figgered it was just better to make it instead of thinking about it. I originally planned to sculpt this piece but changed my mind for this one.
The woods are Wenge, Padauk & Zebrawood.
At first I made all of the shelves the exact same size but it just didn’t look right with the tapering of the back pieces
It is 34” tall and the shelves taper in depth from 6” top – 5 1/2” center and 5” for the bottom shelf.

I also made the shelves taper in width from 16” – 15” & 14”.

The shelves also needed a little something extra because they looked plain…so I inserted a narrow strip of Padauk in the fronts.
The finish is lacquer. I use the Deft because it really gets good results..

I realized that I definitely am not set up to photograph larger wall hanging pieces. My photo cube has primarily been used for boxes…and this certainly was too large to fit in it. I just ordered a very large photo cube because I like they way they diffuse the light…and this photo didn’t come out as good as I hoped from just hanging the shelf on a white piece of plywood.

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#1 posted 09-11-2014 12:13 AM

Impressive! Not just another boring shelf, that’s for sure. Creative.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#2 posted 09-11-2014 12:13 AM

Wow! First a sculptor, now a wood artist!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 09-11-2014 12:30 AM

wow greg, this one screams a certain era, can anyone guess which one im referring to….if you guess you win…but i know for sure this one really looks so…........:)......beautiful job greg

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

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#4 posted 09-11-2014 12:34 AM

Excellent combination of wood. Great looking piece.

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

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#5 posted 09-11-2014 01:20 AM

looks sweet Greg, nice combo of woods and style. definitely looks good as an un-sculpted piece

Grizz i’m thinkin roaring 20s, i.e. The Great Gatsby… you?

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

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#6 posted 09-11-2014 01:55 AM

Greg, that’s a well designed shelf. I could not agree with you more about building something in stead of keep thinking about it. That is so true on certain builds.

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

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#7 posted 09-11-2014 02:09 AM

well i was thinking art deco

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

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#8 posted 09-11-2014 03:11 AM

Great design, build & choice of woods. I wish I had creativity like that!

What did you use for a finish?

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#9 posted 09-11-2014 03:29 AM

Thanks…! I had fun putting this together and it was a simple piece to make. Mostly straight lines with some half circles. Having contrasting woods that go well together makes a big difference.

you hit the nail on the head Grizz…it is my Louisiana Art Decko look.

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#10 posted 09-11-2014 04:36 AM

Really nice Greg…there is no end to the idea’s your brain puts out is there. Thanks for sharing with us

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#11 posted 09-11-2014 05:27 AM

Great looking chunk of lumber…...........

-- mike...............

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#12 posted 09-11-2014 06:05 AM

Best shelves ever

-- Eric

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#13 posted 09-11-2014 10:26 AM

I love the retro feeling. Awesome!

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#14 posted 09-11-2014 12:14 PM

Looks great. I love the art deco look

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#15 posted 09-11-2014 12:32 PM

Very elegant, Greg.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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