Decorative Bedroom Wall Shelf with Crown Molding

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Project by FloridaArt posted 02-02-2010 12:33 PM 10270 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

January, 2010—Another job completed on the “honey-do” list. My wife saw a photo (insert in first picture) of a nice shelf over the bed and she asked me to make one. Although it is a basic project, there were a couple of choices and challenges. First challenge was the size. This shelf is 11-feet, 4-inches long (including the end caps). That meant getting a 12-foot length of crown molding home in the mid-size SUV. I chose a large, stock, crown molding made from some recycled wood material that was already primed.

The next choice was on how to do the rest of it. I considered plywood, and I probably would have gone that way if this were less than 8-foot. But with this longer finish length, making a seamless joint made my nervous. So I opted to cut down high-quality 2-by-4 lumber (8-footers), and glue them up. The face (which is attached to the wall) is four rows glued up. The top shelf is two rows glued up. That’s a lot of glue!

The next challenge was to plane the glued up panels. Since I don’t have a planer, I thought about just using my belt sander. However my woodworking neighbor (“Sawdust Tom”) offered to run the panels through his 12-inch planer. His machine did a beautiful job! The finish thickness of the boards is about a half-inch. The last assembly step was to create some end caps, which I cut from scrap 2-by-12 lumber using the band saw. The edges were then eased with the router.

Getting this beast on the wall turned into a 3-person job, but it went quickly. Sawdust Tom brought over his air nailer, which made the attachment to the wall quick and painless, with two finish nails into each stud. A little putty in the nail holes and another coat of latex semi-gloss white, and now my wife is delighted with it! She is still trying to figure out exactly what stuff to put on top.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 02-02-2010 03:12 PM

A nice bedroom’s impromement, neatly done.
Now your wife has more things to clean.

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#2 posted 02-02-2010 04:38 PM

Looks nice.

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#3 posted 02-02-2010 05:35 PM

A good upgrade well done Art.

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#4 posted 02-05-2010 11:28 PM

Nice Job – It looks really good. Good choice for bedroom colors as well. Beautifully decorated.

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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#5 posted 12-11-2010 02:24 AM

Congratulation on the good work. I hope that the shelf in secured to the wall. I would not want it falling on your head some night.
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