Shelves With Supports On Top

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Project by George Gilbert posted 01-18-2008 04:29 AM 1200 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In our kitchen we have an area close to the ceiling that is about 14” tall. It’s a great area for shelves, but, traditional shelves will not work because with the supports underneath there would not be any room above each self for displaying items. To solve this dilemma, I designed shelves with their supports above. This let me mount the shelves low enough that there was plenty of room for my wife to display her treasures. The images accompanying this article illustrate three of my designs.

Classic: A classic design with rounded, beaded edge treatment and flowing curves along the leading edge.

Single Paddle: A unique design with rounded corners and edges. The paddle on one end is 8” deep with the rest, or ‘handle’ part of the shelf being 4” deep. There are no square corners which further contributes to the feeling of a mounted paddle. The paddle can be on the right or left side.

Simplicity: A basic, square design with rounded corners and edges.

There is also a Straight Line and Double Paddle design, but, there is only room for 3 images with this article.

I make any of these designs in oak, pine or Philippine mahogany.

-- George ... my other passion is software development (

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#1 posted 01-18-2008 04:33 AM

The supports seem upside down to me, but the I’m used to seeing the on the bottom.
Looks interesting though. Good idea.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-18-2008 11:22 AM

Creative solution.

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#3 posted 01-18-2008 05:28 PM

yes.. great problem-solving and a lovely addition to the room

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#4 posted 01-18-2008 06:13 PM

How are the supports attached to the shelf?

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#5 posted 01-18-2008 07:15 PM


The supports are attached with dowels. I made a Rube Goldberg jig that allows me to drill matching holes in the supports and the top of the shelves. The match is not always as good as I would like it to be, however. If I make any more “over” shelves, as I call them, I’ll drill countersunk screw holes through the bottom of the shelf into the support and then plug the holes.

-- George ... my other passion is software development (

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