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Library Wall with walnut shelves

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Project by GaryL posted 10-14-2010 12:04 AM 2268 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A semi-built in 9×16 wall unit with a walnut top and walnut shelves. The top is solid walnut and the shelves are plywood with an applied nosing hung on nickel shelf pins. The bulk of it was built and finished in the shop and then assembled on site. The crown and base were both made using my Woodmaster planer/molder. Cabinets, doors, and trim pcs were sprayed with a pre-cat pigmented lacquer.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.





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CampD

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#1 posted 10-14-2010 01:27 AM

Nice unit, the walnut really stands out

-- Doug...

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MrsN

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#2 posted 10-14-2010 01:43 AM

When I first saw the picture, I thought you might have painted the walnut and got worried.
Looks Great
MrsN

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Skylark53

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#3 posted 10-14-2010 01:49 AM

That is a great project. The painted portions allow the walnut to really “POP”. Good design and work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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Dan Hux

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#4 posted 10-14-2010 02:16 AM

very nice, looks great

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC http://whitdaniel.com

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#5 posted 10-14-2010 11:40 AM

Man this is nice. One to be proud of.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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BillyJ

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#6 posted 10-14-2010 02:22 PM

Great job. Again, the finish really complements the walnut.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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GaryL

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#7 posted 10-14-2010 06:33 PM

Thanks guys (and gal).

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#8 posted 10-14-2010 06:38 PM

Just what Skylark53 said.

That contrast is beautiful.

-- -- Neil

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 10-14-2010 06:47 PM

Gary, that’s a great set of wall units. I love the walnut with the white and I think that you did a great job.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Cheyenne

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#10 posted 12-22-2010 06:51 PM

Wow, what a coincidence! I’m designing a bookcase for a coworker and he is torn between white paint and walnut so I suggested how about a white bookcase with a walnut top (I knew I had seen one on here recently but didn’t know exactly who). Once I found the project I had a few questions for you but thought I would check your recent activity and see how often you get on. Turns out you just posted on one of my projects a few minutes ago while I was unknowingly searching for you!

Anywho, on with my questions. How thick is the walnut countertop? If thicker than 3/4 did you buy the thicker wood or did you just build up the edge? I’m afraid 3/4 will be too thin but that’s all I have easy access too. There is a place that I think I can get 6/4 but they are significantly more expensive. How do you think a builtup edge would look?

Also, is that just exposed end grain or some other treatment? It doesn’t look any darker than the rest of the countertop. And the last questions, what type of finish did you use on the walnut countertop?

Sorry for the lengthy message but thank you for your time and help you can offer will be greatly appreciated. You do great work and I’ll be sure to keep a lookout for your future projects.

-- Cheyenne - Nashville,TN

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GaryL

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#11 posted 12-22-2010 07:16 PM

Hi Cheyenne,
It’s a small world sometimes..lol.
The walnut was harvested from the homeowners property and slabbed about 5 years before so the top material was basically “on site”. This was what was left after doing their kitchen tops. I had to use ply on the shelves because of insufficient materials and the owner did not want to go the extra expense for purchasing solid wood. The thickness on the top is 1 1/4”, the heaviest I could get out of what I had. I laminated 3/4 ply and 1/4 ply to get 1” for the shelves, then a solid 3/4×1 nosing to simulate a solid walnut slab.
The end grain is exposed on the top with the finish a Varathane waterborne floor finish, two coats clear and two coats satin, sanded between coats.
Hope this helps, Merry Christmas

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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Cheyenne

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#12 posted 12-27-2010 08:35 PM

Gary, thanks for the reply. This does help. Since I don’t have a slab I think I’m going to go with walnut ply with a 3/4×1-1/2 mitred hardwood band. Hope you had a great Christmas. Have a safe and Happy New Year

-- Cheyenne - Nashville,TN

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