A&C Wall Shelf

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Project by Greg Mitchell posted 2449 days ago 2361 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this shelf from the plans in Fine Woodworking magazine #193. We were needing a shelf for our living room, and the inlay on the columns was something that made this shelf stand out. The shelf is constructed of QS white oak. The flower and petal are mahogany, and the stem is curly maple. I finished the shelf with dye, stain, and a top coat. There is a great article by Nancy Hiller in the back of this issue for a finishing Arts & Craft furniture. I have been using the Safe and Simple Arts & Craft finish in FWW #157 for years and it is a great finish for this period of furniture. In Nancy Hiller article she takes it one step further, and applies a gel stain to add signs of aging. A very fun project to build.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#1 posted 2449 days ago

Very beautiful work! I’m excited to see this because I’m thinking of making a similar shelf myself. Do you have any lessons learned you can share with us?

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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#2 posted 2449 days ago

Very nice. Great finish. I remember this piece.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 2449 days ago

Great piece, I will have to see if I can find that FWW and read the article about the finiishing. I used to take FWW but don’t anymore (ARGH!!!!)

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 2449 days ago

fun looking project. I really like the A&C style

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 2449 days ago

That is a nice looking shelf Greg. The wood, craftsmanship and finish are really nice.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 2449 days ago

I saw that article and really liked the shelf. I have that issue still sitting out with that shelf on my short list of projects. Great job, I hope that I can do as well as you.

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#7 posted 2449 days ago

Instant classic!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 2449 days ago

Very nice Greg!
Great craftsmanship.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 2448 days ago

Gotta love that QS White Oak! Great job.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#10 posted 2448 days ago

Great work, Greg. I really like Nancy’s projects. You did a great job on this one.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 2448 days ago


This is a BEAUTIFUL piece with an excellent finish! I love this. Just might have to take a stab at making one of these. I’ll just have to find a place in the house for another bookcase (I already have five…).

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#12 posted 2448 days ago

What a good looking shelf, the QS oak is great.

-- Andy Stark

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Greg Mitchell

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#13 posted 2448 days ago

Thanks everyone for the kind comments. I got it mounted on one of the walls in our living room today. Thanks again everyone.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#14 posted 2448 days ago

Nice work Greg, professional job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 2447 days ago

Nice work! Love the inlay!

-- Woodbutcher extraordinaire

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