Wall Shelf

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Project by longgone posted 09-18-2014 11:12 PM 1981 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a wall shelf I completed using a piece of Gabon Ebony I have had in my shop for years and I just didn’t know what I wanted to do with it…Originally I planned to use it for knobs and box accents but that never happened… Well, I finally got tired of it just gathering dust and decided upon a shelf.

It is 18” wide and 5 3/4” tall and 4” deep.
I quickly realized it looked entirely too dark and bland with just the ebony so I dug into the scrap bin and pulled out a piece of Marblewood that added a nice accent to the ebony. I also added a 1/4” strip of Marblewood to the shelf front because it needed some spiffing up also.
The ebony is hard to work and sure takes a lot to sand it. As far as beautiful grain goes…it really doesn’t have much and I think I will save what I have left for accents on other work.

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#1 posted 09-18-2014 11:23 PM

Nice very appealing.
You did well with with choosing the wood combination.


-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 09-18-2014 11:29 PM

That is absolutely beautiful. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 09-18-2014 11:46 PM


Are you going to be the cajun art deco shelf builder? LOL! Don’t let this baby go unless they really want it!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 09-19-2014 12:38 AM

Very nice work sir

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 09-19-2014 01:37 AM

wow, that is so unique, amazing work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#6 posted 09-19-2014 02:08 AM

Very attractive—this is a real eye catcher!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 09-19-2014 02:50 AM

I didn’t think you could top the last shelf project you posted. This is great work, the marblewood looks awesome with the ebony.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#8 posted 09-19-2014 03:30 AM

Your comments are definitely much appreciated…! I am having a good time making these wall shelves and I have a lot of wall space where they can fit…both at home and in my booth. Got a few more in the works.

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#9 posted 09-19-2014 08:34 AM

Well done, wood combo really works. Kind of has A G & G look to is in a small way. Great job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 09-19-2014 11:25 AM

I really like the shelf Greg. It’s beautiful. Just one question. What can possibly be worthy of displaying on the shelf? It it’s anything less than one of your boxes then it’s not worthy. Seriously, that shelf is like a throne.

I’m not sure if I understood you right but if I could make shelves like that, I would proudly sell them along side the boxes.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#11 posted 09-19-2014 03:09 PM

Well done, wood combo really works. Kind of has A G & G look to is in a small way. Great job!

- Ken90712

Thanks Ken…. I guess I am not up to date on all the abbreviation descriptions…What is an A G & G ?

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#12 posted 09-19-2014 03:13 PM

Mark…thank you for the most generous comment! I definitely plan to sell it and I hope it sells…but if it doesn’t sell I wouldn’t feel bad because it will find a good place on my wall…and I really don’t want to make another one. The cost of the ebony is outrageous and it is not an enjoyable wood to work with other than for accents on other pieces.

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#13 posted 09-19-2014 05:44 PM

This shelf kick you are on suits you very well, such a work of art

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 09-20-2014 12:14 AM

Wow Greg! A very elegant shelf.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 09-20-2014 12:26 AM


-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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