Ladder Shelves

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Project by Robsshop posted 03-10-2011 05:20 AM 2445 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After setting up a new fire place unit and wall mounted flat screen We decided that We needed something to store all of the entertainment components( i.e. cable box,DVD,X-box and CD player)along with SWMBO nic-nacs ! I was able to secure 1/2 a shelf for some of My WW books (VICTORY !)..... The decision was to have something with an open shelf design to help the entertainment wall seem less over-baring. The Wife liked My suggestion of Ladder shelves, So off to the drawing board I went.

I decided to use some lengths of Purpleheart from my stock pile for the rails, but to keep cost down (somewhat), I used Maple ply-veneer for the shelves. I constructed the shelves using dadoes in the rails and attached with glue and re-enforced with screws. To conceal the hardware and dress up the sides I used square plugs made with Ebony ! I used an Ebony dye stain on the Maple-Ply and then used a hand rubbed oil/poly mix for a finish. Over all, the design and build turned out as intended and was a fun project, I do Love working with PH ! Its always amazing how its color changes with time and light exposure…..THANKS FOR LOOKING….ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#1 posted 03-10-2011 06:43 AM

Well done! They look great. I am also a big fan of PH and love working with it. I am just finishing a circular picture frame made with PH that I will post soon. How did you figure out the angle at top of PH and of your dado’s? Simply leaning the PH at desired angle on wall and using a level for dado’s or did you do the math?

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#2 posted 03-10-2011 07:58 PM

Thanks for the comments Travis,looking forward to Your PH frames ( don’t know if You looked at My projects page,but I have posted some circular frames as well ! ). I kinda did both methods of figuring out the different angles. The tuff part was aligning all of the dadoes in the exact locations in reference to one another ! I finally came up with a jig on the radial arm saw that simplified the task…. Once again thanks for looking and be safe !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#3 posted 03-12-2011 01:31 AM

Great contrast and very well done. Congratulations on a great piece!

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#4 posted 03-16-2011 06:32 AM

Hello Robsshop I took a look at your projects and really liked the circular purple heart picture frames. Could you tell me some information on the mitered splines and how you accomplished them? Are they structural or or just for looks?

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