Bird's Eye shelf

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Project by Padre posted 01-12-2010 02:36 AM 1528 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a shelf for over a gas log fireplace in our tv room, so I came up with this idea after researching on the web.

I used raw bird’s eye maple that I got from Barlow here on LJ’s, and then dadoed the shelf into the back support. I added some undershelf supports and then 3 large supports. The shelf is fastened to the wall through the dado, so it looks like there are no screws in the entire project.

Also, if you wanted you could put a small dado in the shelf itself to make it a plate shelf.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#1 posted 01-12-2010 02:40 AM

Great shelf and super cool wood.

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#2 posted 01-12-2010 02:44 AM

Great looking wood. A fantastic shelf

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#3 posted 01-12-2010 02:50 AM

Well done. The birds eye looks great.

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#4 posted 01-12-2010 07:51 AM

Fantastic shelf. Great design and wood. Like the 3 heavy supports. It gives it nice structure. Fantastic wood.

Keep it up.


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#5 posted 01-12-2010 04:05 PM

Very nice project ….gotta love the Birdseye : )

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#6 posted 01-12-2010 07:15 PM

Very beautiful, but I think the look could be enhanced by some type of cap over the end of the shelves to hide the seam of the two boards and help give it the look of a single piece of wood.

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#7 posted 01-12-2010 07:23 PM

That’s a good idea! I was thinking of what I could do for the large supports too.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#8 posted 01-16-2010 08:25 PM

I think it looks great!

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#9 posted 01-20-2010 08:38 PM

Nice finish, great proportions and style!

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