Shelf for my wife

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Project by Mike Gilbert posted 06-19-2015 09:13 PM 1157 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This shelf was an anniversary present for my wife. It is made of redwood, maple and basswood. Originally I built her a much cruder version which is shown on the last photo partially deconstructed. The original was my 1st woodworking project. During a summer job building a new deck with my brother I salvaged some redwood joists from the original deck and brought them home to try and make a shelf with. At the time I built it the only tools I owned were a cordless drill and a random orbit sander. Unfortunately for me I did not at that time even know about glue and clamps so the boards were just screwed next to each other. Over the years as we have moved homes I have brought the shelf with me and I thought it would be cool to make her a new now that my skills and tool collection have grown. On this new version I added a strip of maple to the center of each piece before gluing it together. I got the idea from a shelf made by jetwhoop I also added a back made out of basswood. The rest of the shelf is made from the original redwood shelf planed down and cut to equal widths. I used a plug cutter to make redwood and maple plugs to fill the holes where I screwed the shelf together and I finished it with general finishes wiping varnish. I am very happy with how it turned out and it is cool to see how much progress I have made from the original crude shelf to this one.

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#1 posted 06-20-2015 01:30 AM

The sunlight really brings out the beauty of this project. Very nice! Love the contrast of the plugs.

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#2 posted 06-20-2015 02:05 AM

Beautiful shelf

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