Retro Shelf

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Project by Puupaja posted 01-25-2010 08:18 AM 2950 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This shelf is made from birch as a bigger copy of customers old shelf, I think style is from 50-60´S. It was a little challenge to make those round corners but when finished it looks pretty smoothy


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#1 posted 01-25-2010 08:26 AM

Nice job, How did yoi make those corners? Looks like it might be 3 miters, then a band saw??

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 09:37 AM

Nicely done – I’m also curious as to how you did the corners.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#3 posted 01-25-2010 09:45 AM

In Finland you must have so many trees and so much true solid wood in your furniture, that you feel you need to paint it, just to see something different, needn’t you? :-) frankly I don’t understand why you have hidden such a wonderful birch :-). I like a lot the main color though, it really seems to come from the wonderful ‘50s

-- Antonio

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#4 posted 01-25-2010 10:18 AM

Cool man, far out. I really get a retro vibe from this project…
I guess the customer is always right would explain the paint which I kinda like.

-- Jim

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#5 posted 01-25-2010 10:25 AM

Nice looking paint job. Not easy to do on the edges.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#6 posted 01-25-2010 02:43 PM

Hi, I added one picture how I made this corner block. So first I glued two boards together to have enough thick blank I used finger jointed birch board because I had one left over piece. Also I wanted grain direction to be 45 degrees angle to both sides so it can move same way as sides. Then I routed inside curve so the edges of this block were little wilder than side boards. I used lamello biscuits to join corner block to sides and when the outside of corner block was square it was easy to clamp it together. Outside form I grinded with hand beltgrinder.
I think it´s better to hide this kind of board because I don´t like “puzzle” wood.. Thanks for comments!


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#7 posted 01-25-2010 03:08 PM


Fantastic piece of work. I viewed your other projects as well. Your artistry is wonderful! Max

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#8 posted 01-25-2010 04:14 PM


-- hrvoje

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#9 posted 01-25-2010 05:03 PM

Hey Puupaja
That is is a neat retro shelf. This style was called Water fall furniture in the 40s and 50s.
Hey Bob you can also make the corner by carefully cutting out ever thing but the veneer on plywood and then bending it around blocks similar to what Puupaja has done, but this way the grain of the wood follows around the corner.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 01-25-2010 06:00 PM

Very nice looking bookcase. You did a great job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 01-25-2010 06:28 PM

Jim thanks for advices and history and I appreciate all comments very much, thanks


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#12 posted 01-25-2010 10:02 PM

Thanks for showing us how you did this. Great job!!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 01-26-2010 04:29 PM

This is nice, I like the color combo. Nice and simple yet pleasant.

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#14 posted 01-27-2010 09:23 PM

Love the colors, but the radius corners definitely make it nice!

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