|Project by Cantil3v3r||posted 10-28-2009 05:45 PM||8744 views||28 times favorited||29 comments|
So this one took me forever, simply because I started it forever ago and left it for a while. My wife wanted some of the Pottery Barn Studio Wall Shelves and there was no way I was going to pay $300 a piece. They also wouldn’t have fit in the area where she wanted them. I was able to build both shelves out of 2 pieces of 3/4” x 4’ x 8’ MDF sheets, confirmat screws, spackle, and paint for $100 instead of the PB price of $600. I did make them a little different though as I inset the shelves and vertical legs into each other by routing out half of each side at the appropriate angles and joined them together. As funny as it might be, I said I used spackle, well that was to fill the holes/heads of the confirmat screws, which is then easily sandable and paintable. I could have used wood putty but the spackle was handy, easily applied, quickly dried, and quickly and smoothly sanded. Overall I am pretty happy with them and my wife is really happy too. If anybody wants a picture of the jig I can try to post that up too. Enjoy!
Edit: I added a picture of the template so you can see how I made the half-lap joints between the vertical legs and the shelves. I would slide the shelf sides into the jig where I wanted them, (the fit is very snug so it didnt move and if it did then I would put a really thin shim in there to keep it still) Then using a large straight bit I hogged out half of the shelf side at the appropriate angle. I did set the two guides to 2 5/8” back from the line I was routing since that was my measurement from the edge of the router plate and the edge of the router bit. I just made sure I set the depth to 3/8” since it is 3/4” stock, and would crank out two at a time. You use the same template for the legs as well. Let me know if there are any questions.
Edit part II: I found the sketchup file so if you want me to send it to you then send me a personal message with your email and I’ll shoot it right over. Understand that it was a base for me to work from. I didn’t include in the sketchup the rounded part on the front of the shelves, and I didn’t integrate the lap joints into the sketchup drawing, but it does give all the measurements on the shelves and how far in on each you need to make the lap joints. Basically its a good starting point, and you can always ask me questions if you get stuck.