Floating Cherry Shelves

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Project by Brawny posted 11-21-2015 08:56 PM 1052 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a commission to build some floating shelves for a kitchen. I also was asked to demo the old cabinets and as this was an older home I ran into a few snafus during this process. We ended up tearing all the sheetrock of the kitchen wall in order to repair some electrical and plumbing work. So, I took the opportunity to insulate the wall and install some steel brackets for the shelves that are sure to support whatever they decide to put on these shelves.

The shelves are made from cherry plywood and I basically made a 5 sided cube with some internal structure that corresponded to the location of the steel brackets on the wall. This allowed me to just slide the shelves in place and scribe where necessary. I decided that I wanted to mitre all the joints in order to make the shelves look “solid”, that was a huge pain in the A, but it worked out. The finish is 5 coats of arm-r-seal, which is the first time I have used this finish and have to say I am very pleased with the outcome. Being that these are in the kitchen and they are using these shelves for dishes, I wanted something that would hold up well to plates and glasses that may have a bit of moisture on them from being washed. As with all of my finishes I am curious to see how well this holds up.

I am curious to hear if anyone has any suggestions for finishes in these types of situations. Leave in the comments below. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 11-22-2015 06:11 AM

Well done shelving

-- Norman

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#2 posted 11-22-2015 06:13 AM

Looks good

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#3 posted 11-22-2015 11:30 AM

What are the shelf dimensions? Did you attach them permanently or just slide them on?

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#4 posted 11-23-2015 01:56 AM

These are very nice cherry shelves. Great finish too, good job!

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#5 posted 11-23-2015 03:20 AM

Jat, the shelves are 53” x 13” x 2”. Not the most efficient use of a sheet of plywood, but the client really wanted 13” deep to match their cabinets. Plus the dishes fit a bit better at that dimension. Sorry, should have included that in the description.

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#6 posted 11-24-2015 06:38 PM

Sorry, jat, because the studs were not perfectly square the brackets were canted out/in a bit. So, the shelf is held on by friction, and trust me, they aren’t going anywhere soon. If that wasn’t the case, I planned on screwing and taping the steel so I could fasten them on the brackets.

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