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Project by nelson posted 1208 days ago 2299 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These simple shelves were custom designed by my wife to fit certain items that she wanted to display. I also made a Google Sketchup model of these before building them. Its much easier to make a 3D model to show to my wife so she can fine tune the design, rather than wait until its completed to receive that input!

The vertical supports are made from 1×6 red oak and the horizontal boards are made from 1×8’s.

All joints are 1/2 lap joints, and are assembled without glue. I’d say its because I want to take them apart some day, but I’m afraid I’ll damage them if I try to separate the pieces now. It was a pretty snug fit putting it all together.

Of note, I recently upgraded my TS fence to the INCRA fence and also added a router table extension wing to my tablesaw. This upgrade made this project significantly simpler as it was very easy to make consistent cuts the width of the boards. Just about all of the joints for this came out perfectly. Most of my projects have things on them that I don’t like, but that most others won’t notice. This project seems to have much less of that than usual. I partially attribute that to a simple design, partially to new equipment that has more precision and partially to more experience on my part.

Finally, the finish is 2 coats of polyurethane. I’ll look to get some pictures added with the objects displayed as well.





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gul

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#1 posted 1208 days ago

That’s a neat project.I’ll make something like this for my duck collection :)

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Goddahavefun

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#2 posted 1207 days ago

Great shelves there Nelson !!

Very slick,modern look !!!

Like the 3d sketch up idea for wife input !! LoL

Question : how did you attach entire unit to wall !!!

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DaveMoore

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#3 posted 1207 days ago

You just beat me to it Anthony…. I’d also like to know how it’s attached to the wall :-)

Nice project

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nelson

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#4 posted 1207 days ago

I mortised three hangers into the backside of each of the three vertical pieces. These hangers slide over the head of screws that are anchored into the wall. I like it because it allows me to completely hide the hanger for a nice clean look.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=341&rrt=1
The attached link is the hanger that I used. I’ll try to take a picture and post it as well.

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DaveMoore

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#5 posted 1205 days ago

Cool, thanks Nelson

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nelson

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#6 posted 1204 days ago

There you go, gentlemen. I’ve added a picture of one of the hangers and a picture of both of them hung on the wall.

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