Floating Shelves

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Project by Roger posted 02-05-2015 10:49 PM 2437 views 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I first have to give cuddos to this young chap for the idea: . I’m getting ready redo an extra room into a painting area/room for my wifee. This isn’t really a “wood project”, but, It’s a pretty simple way to put up some super fast floating shelves, (these will hold nothing but a few canvas paintings ranging from 8×10 up to 16×20), if they’re not going to holding a lot of weight, especially if you might have a hollow door that’s been leaning up against a wall, that I picked up for 5 bux to use in my remodel of my shop, but, found 2, 15 window panel doors and used them instead. Anyhoo, these 2 shelves are 12” wide x 34” long. One slice of 12” off a 36” wide door, and, voila, I have two shelves. A little cleanup on the inside cardboard fillers, and plane down a piece of scrap to fit into the inside of the void, to attach to the wall studs, slide on the newly cut “shelves”, and again, voila! They’re not painted yet, but, that’s gonna be the wifees project. Thnx for the looks and any good/bad/ugly comments too. Always appreciated. (I’ve been peckin away at a few things round here)

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

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#1 posted 02-05-2015 10:53 PM

I also used the very nifty Porter Cable compact router to round over the edges. That’s an awesome tool to have on hand.

Afterwards, I cut the 12” wide piece in half basically, and got the 2 shelves out it

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

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#2 posted 02-05-2015 10:56 PM

They look great in the corner and you scored some husband points. What’s not to like?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 02-05-2015 11:12 PM

Nice project Roger. Get some paint on them, and they will look great!

-- Guy, Indianapolis, IN - - Instagram –

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#4 posted 02-05-2015 11:16 PM

Very nice, Roger! They look awesome! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 02-05-2015 11:50 PM

They look great in the corner and you scored some husband points. What s not to like?


- SPalm

A happy wife = happy life…..Well done Roger

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#6 posted 02-05-2015 11:52 PM

Great looking shelves Roger.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#7 posted 02-06-2015 12:27 AM

Good build Roger, nice extra detail on the shelves. Good link to pass on to others showing the construction techniques.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#8 posted 02-06-2015 01:45 AM

Super re-purpose of the door, Roger!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 02-06-2015 01:52 AM

Thanks Roger, I thought that might be a bit weak, but the guy on the video had books stacked on his so it must be pretty stout

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#10 posted 02-06-2015 02:43 AM

looks good.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 02-06-2015 02:44 AM

They look nice, modern.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#12 posted 02-06-2015 04:17 AM

Nice easy project and you can make more if needed.

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

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#13 posted 02-06-2015 04:22 AM

That was a good use for the door. I’ve cut up an old door for shelves Ina closet, but never for some nice floating shelves. Nice job.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#14 posted 02-06-2015 05:25 AM

Very nice technique…


Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#15 posted 02-06-2015 09:04 AM

Very nice Roger and I like your wife’s paintings too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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