Turned wall shelf

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Project by Sheldon posted 05-16-2007 06:53 PM 1560 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a concept that my Grandfather used to make when he was alive.
It is a two part turning, bottom is spindle, and top is more like face plate or plater.

Both top and bottom parts were actually two pieces glued together with 2 layers of paper glued between. The paper allows a good bond, but one that can be broken later. Bottom = Wood paper paper wood. Top = Wood paper paper wood.
Turned the bottom spindle into shape, left a 1” tenon at the top end, then removed from lathe and seperated the bottom halfs.

Turned the top like a plate or plater, cut a 1” mortise or hole in the center, then removed from lathe and sperated the top halfs.

Took a top and bottom and glued the mortise and tenon together. I am inpatient on holding this, so a small screw was used to secure.

Hang with favorite means of haning pictures.

First set Walnut, Second Set Maple, Third set Oak

-- Technology is great - when it works......... the Lord is great always.

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#1 posted 05-16-2007 07:02 PM

very nice—“wisdom” & a style passed down from generation to generation
Great little shelves.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 05-16-2007 07:14 PM

I like them very much – Inspirational for variations to be made. Too many ideas like these have been lost in time

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#3 posted 05-16-2007 07:17 PM

Did you turn the bottom part then cut in half for these shelves? Well made Sheldon.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 05-16-2007 08:03 PM

not cut in half with saw,, but with a wedge between the two pieces of wood and paper.

-- Technology is great - when it works......... the Lord is great always.

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#5 posted 05-17-2007 02:35 AM

Got any M & M’s left. LOL. I like the shelves. Do you turn a plater, then cut it in half to make the shelves?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 05-17-2007 03:51 AM

good thinking two for one. They look like cute Knick Knack shelves, just the kinds of things my wife loves. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 05-17-2007 03:57 AM

Perhaps the only project that’s guranteed to make a matching pair!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 05-17-2007 08:22 AM

Very clever…I like these.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#9 posted 10-07-2009 03:16 AM

Beautiful! Re: ”- – -favorite means of hanging pictures.”, what method do you usually use to mount these to the wall?

-- Don, Alabama

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#10 posted 10-07-2009 04:25 AM

either a picture hanger strip.. or I route a key hole.

-- Technology is great - when it works......... the Lord is great always.

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