Leaning ladder shelves

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Project by JimRochester posted 09-21-2015 01:49 AM 1441 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project still needs a finish but I wanted to throw it out there.

My wife’s nephew asked me to make him this for his wife for their new house. It is the Family Handyman version. I made this one from oak and oak plywood. I upgraded from the FH by using genuine wood edging on the plywood shelves instead of the iron on veneer banding. I’m not fond of the veneer under perfect conditions but this one has to be dismantled and driven 500 miles where it will be in a house with a toddler. FH also just used brads and glue in the assembly. Even in their video the thing was imploding while they were trying to get it put together (go to the 28 minute mark). I used all pocket hole screws in the shelves and countersunk screws through the uprights. Once they get where they are going, he’ll glue em, screw em and then install oak button plugs.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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Greg In Maryland

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#1 posted 09-21-2015 03:31 PM

Nice job!

This exact shelf was my first real ‘furniture’ project. I simply finished my red oak shelves with wipe on poly.

I sure learned a lot building these, especially about glue squeeze out.

Do update this with the finished product.


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#2 posted 09-21-2015 07:40 PM

I’m looking at a couple different stains, mostly darker. I’ll finish with some satin poly

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#3 posted 09-21-2015 11:55 PM

Nice job! I have built several of these and continue to be amazed at how stable they are.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 09-23-2015 03:07 AM

Really nice job

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

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