Floating Shelves

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Project by Deersplitter posted 01-31-2017 07:07 PM 1066 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well the wife wanted floating shelves in the kitchen. I had some 1” mesquite boards on hand, which match the wine rack. So, the wood selection was done. My mounting hardware selection was somewhat limited with the board thickness I had to work with. I did not want any of the hardware visible. I did find some hardware online but after looking at it, I thought I could make my own. I decided to use lag bolts and cut the heads off.

The first pic is simply getting the shelf boards sanded and ready to finish. You will see that the bench dogs and vice on my new assembly table worked great to hold my work piece in place. The next pic shows me predrilling into studs for the 1/4” lag bolts I am using as mounting hardware. I used a predrilled block of scrap to help me get the hole started straight. These holes need to be drilled perfectly level to each other. Any deviation is obvious.

In the 3rd pic, I am centering the shelf in the space over the bolts to mark where I need to drill the holes for mounting. Obviously, the studs are never centered but that doesn’t matter as the bolts are hidden. As long as there is more than one mounting point and they are in line with each other you will be fine. I used a pair of bolt cutters to snip the bolt heads off after screwing them into the stud.

The 4th pic is drilling the shelves. This also needs to be done very precisely. A fence used in conjunction with the squaring jig would have worked even better to ensure the holes are on a parallel line with the board edge. I had to make sure I was dead center for both holes. Even being off line 1/32” can make your shelf look uneven.

And finally, the mounted shelves. I know these look out of level in the pic but they aren’t.

-- Shawn, Houston Texas

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#1 posted 01-31-2017 11:41 PM

Always fun to see how someone else would do things. They look good and I am sure the wife loves them.

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#2 posted 02-01-2017 02:11 PM

They look great! I like your use of the bolts as hangers, something I would not have thought of.

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#3 posted 02-01-2017 02:33 PM

There’s a lot of stuff competing for space there.

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#4 posted 02-01-2017 05:33 PM

Simply a nice idea and something my wife would like also.

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