Hanging Wall Shelf

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Project by doorslammer posted 01-16-2010 05:20 PM 2906 views 40 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 01-16-2010 05:54 PM

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 01-16-2010 06:06 PM

Very cool wall shelf.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-16-2010 06:51 PM

Sweet look, strong build and very nice finish.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 01-16-2010 07:52 PM

GREAT JOB! I love the simplicity and yet eligant.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#5 posted 01-16-2010 10:47 PM

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 01-16-2010 11:35 PM

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

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#7 posted 01-16-2010 11:40 PM

Pic #5 with the dovetails, wow.

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#8 posted 01-17-2010 05:54 AM

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 01-17-2010 08:36 AM

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

-- Jim

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#10 posted 01-17-2010 09:10 AM

very nice shelf. good job.

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

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#11 posted 03-16-2010 06:36 AM

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 03-16-2010 02:04 PM

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

-- Aaron in TN -

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#13 posted 07-05-2011 01:42 AM

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 11-04-2011 05:09 AM

Beautiful wall shelf.

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