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Project by LoganN posted 03-27-2015 12:53 PM 1238 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a set of adjustable shelves to set up at art shows and I found plans for this in an old wood working magazine my brother in law had. After the show I decided that it would look great in an empty spot in the house. Everybody loves it, even though it’s so simple.

I made this using some 1×4 pine for the legs, 1” dowels, and some very wormy Spalted Maple I had in the shop. I didn’t even finish them, just left everything raw after a light sanding.

Essentially, the plan called for cutting dowels 1/4” longer than the shelf board, plus the width of both legs. Drill 1” holes using a Forster bit at the height you want the shelves. The width between the dowels should be enough that the legs can lean in and use pressure to hold the shelf boards in place. Cut angles on the feet to allow the halves to stand stable. My only change to this was that I decided to cut the top dowels 1” into the shelf. This gave me a top shelf without a dowel running across, without sacrificing strength. You could probably do the same thing to the bottoms ones.

Questions? Comments?





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 03-27-2015 03:11 PM

This is very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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JoeRPhilly

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#2 posted 03-27-2015 05:30 PM

I like it, looks great. Gotta love them quick and simple projects, especially when they turn out this cool and unique. Good job!

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#3 posted 03-28-2015 02:38 PM

Many times simple is just the best way to go. Great project

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 03-29-2015 11:48 AM


My only change to this was that I decided to cut the top dowels 1” into the shelf. This gave me a top shelf without a dowel running across, without sacrificing strength. You could probably do the same thing to the bottoms ones.

- LoganN

Just so everybody can enjoy my “face palm” moment: before I understood that there are rungs under each shelf also, I thought “but if you did that, what would hold the legs together?”

[this is why we can’t have nice things]

I like it. Has a simple “cottage” feel to it.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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Matty272

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#5 posted 03-29-2015 05:37 PM

Looks pretty good to me!

Going to take inspiration from this and think I’ll use up some of those pallet boards I’ve been collecting!

-- It's worth every moment of effort you put in if the kids enjoy it!

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LoganN

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#6 posted 04-03-2015 01:18 AM

Thanks all! I figured I would share and I’m glad others like and have gotten some inspiration from it!

Picklehead – we’ve all been there! Lol

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RIBrian

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#7 posted 03-01-2016 12:37 AM

Logan, do you remember what the angles are on the legs? My buddy who owns a saw mill just gave me a about 30 spalted maple boards and I came across this project looking for spalted maple ideas.

-- Puddy and paint make me what a carpenter I aint.

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