Wall Shelves

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Project by shopmania posted 01-19-2010 12:00 AM 2400 views 16 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brothers wife saw a picture in a magazine of a “free form” shelving unit, and decided that she needed 2 BIG ones, to fill up an empty wall, for her to put knick-knacks on. So we built these out of 3/4 red oak, and dadoed them so they would go together like lincoln logs. After a few revisions, they fit OK. We hung them by putting a french cleat on two shelves on each unit. They are very solid! They re finished to match the banister that goes up the steps.

Thy were fun to make, but if we did them again we would make a few design changes. They looked great in the shop, and different when we hung them up of course. but most importantly, his wife LOVES them! She can’t stop going on about them, so that’s what’s most important. he found a stain to match his railing, and then topped them off with wipe on poly. I don’t know if you can tell from the pictures, but it is actually 2 separate units, because it goes around the corner. The horizontal pieces are 6 inches deep with a roman Ogee on the bottom of each shelf. The verticals are 4 3/8 and have a round over on the front. They were going to be 6 inches deep also, but my 8” dado set would only cut the grooves about 2 3/16 deep, so that is the deepest the verticals could be and still have everything flush on the back. We thought they looked better with the verticals narrower anyway, but that was just dumb luck. Thanks for looking.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#1 posted 01-19-2010 12:11 AM

I think they look real nice and they match the banister very well. I can see why she’s very happy with them.

-- Janice

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#2 posted 01-19-2010 01:25 AM

impressive how they match the banister.
Looks great there as well.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 01-19-2010 02:57 AM

Looks great next to the open stairway

-- Mike, VT

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#4 posted 01-19-2010 03:50 AM

Cool design

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#5 posted 01-19-2010 07:19 AM

Very cool design. I like the free form element to them. You could space things anywhere you wanted and the wuold all be different. Great job matching the railing.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 01-19-2010 09:56 PM

Ohh. my wife would love that.

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#7 posted 02-15-2010 01:16 AM

I really like this

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