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Walnut Island Top and matching floating shelves

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Project by DougN posted 11-30-2015 11:33 PM 988 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished the walnut island top that my wife wanted to replace the granite. She also wanted to remove some cabinets and install some matching solid wood floating shelves. I had never worked with such thick and long boards (island top’s dimensions are 100” x 45” x 1.65” and the shelves are 34” x 12.5” x 1.8”). Numerous firsts on this project including making a planing sled for these wide and long boards, using two-part epoxy with black tint to fill holes, and making the brackets for hanging the shelves. The finish that she decided on was Rubio Monocoat with Walnut color and it couldn’t have been any easier to apply. Still need to install under-shelf LED strip lights on the bottom shelves, fix the dry wall, paint and install some overhead directional can lights to shine on the shelves. Hope you enjoy!

-- Doug - Montgomery, Tx





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GaryL

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#1 posted 12-01-2015 12:14 AM

Sweet!
Nothing gets better than walnut. Nice job.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 12-01-2015 01:37 AM

I totally agree with Gary. You can’t ever go wrong with Walnut. Your island is beautiful.

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oldrivers

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#3 posted 12-01-2015 02:28 AM

Beautiful wood love the grain patterns, great project / workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 12-01-2015 04:04 PM

Great job, I like the shelves, are they solid or a “torsion box” style.

-- The day I know it all, is the day I die.

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DougN

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#5 posted 12-01-2015 04:23 PM



Great job, I like the shelves, are they solid or a “torsion box” style.

- Brawny

The shelves are solid.

-- Doug - Montgomery, Tx

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XquietflyX

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#6 posted 12-01-2015 04:35 PM

wow that is so nice looking!!!! Great job!!!

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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#7 posted 12-01-2015 06:19 PM

Funny, this is exactly the project I just finished in our kitchen, but with elm. Island top, floating shelves, inset LED lighting….
I’ll have to get around to posting mine soon.
Nice work!

-- To every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, elegant, and completely wrong.

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DougN

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#8 posted 12-01-2015 07:19 PM



Funny, this is exactly the project I just finished in our kitchen, but with elm. Island top, floating shelves, inset LED lighting….
I ll have to get around to posting mine soon.
Nice work!

- ByronH

Thanks for the comment. Really looking forward to seeing what you did!

-- Doug - Montgomery, Tx

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#9 posted 12-01-2015 08:14 PM

nice job

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#10 posted 12-02-2015 09:10 PM

Wow! With such fantastic wood you did the right thing by not fussing up with curly ques, inlays or ‘accent’ colors. Let the beautiful wood make the statement.

-- Dr C

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