Hanging Wall Shelf

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Project by doorslammer posted 1649 days ago 2422 views 35 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know several folks have built this shelf before, but here’s my version. The case is walnut and the drawer fronts are walnut sap wood. I think this is the ultimate yin yang relationship since the light and dark woods are coming from the same tree! The case is constructed using sliding dovetails which I discovered are the most stressful joints to glue up. I also used a hanging cleat that hides the screws holding it to the wall that I saw in FWW magazine.

-- Aaron in TN -

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#1 posted 1649 days ago

I like that! Every detail is well photographed. Good build.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#2 posted 1649 days ago

Very cool wall shelf.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1649 days ago

Sweet look, strong build and very nice finish.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 1649 days ago

GREAT JOB! I love the simplicity and yet eligant.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#5 posted 1649 days ago

That’s cool. Did you make the drawer pulls too?

-- Don't just talk about it, be about it.

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#6 posted 1649 days ago

Simple, elegant lines and great joint work. Keep it up.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#7 posted 1649 days ago

Pic #5 with the dovetails, wow.

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#8 posted 1649 days ago

I like the clean lines! I also like the angles cut on the ends of the top and bottom. Nice work!

-- Jesus was a carpenter

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#9 posted 1649 days ago

I just doesn’t get any better than walnut and sliding dovetails does it now?

-- Jim

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#10 posted 1649 days ago

very nice shelf. good job.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#11 posted 1591 days ago

Really nice work. If I may say, your interpretation looks a lot better to my eye than the one in FWW. Can I ask for approximate outside dimensions?

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#12 posted 1591 days ago

Thanks for the comments Jon. The overall dimensions are approximately 18”x 30”.

-- Aaron in TN -

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#13 posted 1115 days ago

Elegant in it simplicity. The sapwood and the heart wood on black walnut are so very different. It’s good to see them both used successfully in one project.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#14 posted 993 days ago

Beautiful wall shelf.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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