Wall Shelves for Daughter's Dorm Room

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Project by Jack Barnhill posted 07-20-2009 05:37 PM 6228 views 14 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t had much time in the shop lately but I did manage to get these shelves finished for our daughter’s new room at college. Made from laminated Baltic Birch ply and edged with solid birch. Joints are mitered with biscuits. The finish is WB poly because I didn’t want to add any color. The original plan was from ShopNotes or Woodsmith, I can’t remember which.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#1 posted 07-20-2009 06:11 PM

I like them.

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#2 posted 07-20-2009 06:35 PM

Hi Jack;

I like your design here.

Very nice job!


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#3 posted 07-20-2009 07:26 PM

Nice job. How did you mount / attach them to the walls?

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#4 posted 07-20-2009 07:47 PM

The shelves are attached to the walls with aluminum angle. If you look closely at the new pciture of the stacks of side pieces, you will see one edge will have a slot to accept the aluminum angle. That edge also has a relief to allow for the thickness of the aluminum to be hidden.

I don’t believe it mentioned this in the original plans, but I would recommend planning the specific layout on the wall before starting on these shelves. You may want them to be identical as these are or, you may want mirror images or, more shelves in some combination. This will allow more layout choices than figuring out the layout after the shelves are built. This would also mean that you would only have to slot and relieve one edge on each shelf instead of all edges as indicated in the original plan.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#5 posted 07-20-2009 10:39 PM

Hey jack looks cool.this must have been a fun clamp job

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#6 posted 07-26-2010 06:24 PM

how no one has mentioned Tetris yet is beyond me..

looks good! nice pieces!

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#7 posted 07-26-2010 06:33 PM

Very nice shelves but that room doesn’t look like any dorm room I ever saw. Way too neat. Maybe things have changed as it’s been a few years.

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