Not quite a boring shelf

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Project by jasonallen posted 02-15-2015 06:34 PM 1639 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was told we needed a shelf above the changing table because I hadn’t made room for wipes, creams, and various other things. I knew nothing about babies 4 weeks ago. So… I made a shelf. I decided it needed to be more fun than just two perpendicular boards and 2 cleats so I incorporated some dovetails and sliding dovetails. These were my first sliding dovetails and they could be just a little tighter, but they work. I also tried to use some cool grains on the cleats because the way the room sits that will be what we see a lot. I made them a little bulkier than they need to be, but that is mainly because I didn’t want to cut out the cool grain and fairly tight knots I had found. The shelf is attached to the wall using 3 keyhole slots I routed in the back. This was my first time using wipe on poly. I like the results.
I apologize for the poor picture of the child. He doesn’t know he is supposed to hold still.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#1 posted 02-15-2015 06:41 PM

I think it’s great! I may steal your design if I may. I have to build 3 printer shelves to keep the cats off the printers when we print.

Also, what is that ‘grub’ thing with the boxing gloves at the bottom of the last picture?

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 02-15-2015 06:56 PM

Go ahead and steal, I haven’t filed for my patent yet.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#3 posted 02-15-2015 08:31 PM

Start reading to that child today—-it’s not too early.

Earn 86.00 per hour right in your own home. For 15 minutes every night you read to a child from today until they are 12 when they will love to read on their own. Child receives a $100k scholarship from a great college—-you just made $86 per hour tax free and your child is way ahead.

I can’t work wood worth crap but I know what I am talking about here.

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#4 posted 02-15-2015 10:11 PM

I think you are more proud of your little one, than the shelf, which in my opinion is just great… I really like the the patina on the valve hooks.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 02-16-2015 06:09 PM

looks sweet! be ready for more stuff, by the end of the first year your baby will have completely infiltrated your hosue!

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

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#6 posted 02-19-2015 11:35 PM

That’s a nice looking shelf. It shows some good workmanship. I also like the accents, valve knobs? The kid will keep you building stuff for years.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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