My First Project

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Project by sjdickey posted 01-20-2008 07:47 AM 1411 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first project. My son asked for a shelf to display his girlfriends prized signed volleyball. I had just read an article on building a torsion box shelf and thought that would be just the thing. The interior of the box is poplar and the outside is maple (at least I think it was Maple).

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#1 posted 01-20-2008 07:49 AM

Looks great! How did you attach it to the wall?

-- 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 01-20-2008 07:50 AM

Great job. Nice shelf.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 01-20-2008 07:54 AM

I put a cleat on the wall sized exactly to fit in the back of the shelf. If you look closely at the last picture you can see the holes for screws that go up into the cleat. I originally made it to attach to the wall permanently but they wanted to be able to take with them when they moved so I came up with the screw solution on the fly.

Thanks for the kind words.

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#4 posted 01-20-2008 10:03 AM

That is a really nice looking floating shelf – your son should be quite pleased.

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

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#5 posted 01-20-2008 11:58 AM

Good job. Makes for a nice display. I have made one, too.

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#6 posted 01-20-2008 12:04 PM

nery special…well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 01-20-2008 02:05 PM

I like the cleat idea, gives it a super clean look. I’m going to keep that one in my pocket for future use.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#8 posted 01-20-2008 02:14 PM

nice project ! love the curley maple , well done

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