Wall Shelf

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Project by DeadAppleJay posted 09-12-2011 07:30 PM 2712 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So anyone who has poked around LJ will know immediately the inspiration of my top. Ohad does some amazing things and I just couldn’t help myself and try creating a curved top.

I use all reclaimed lumber. This is Pine and Oak flooring. I used Old Fashioned Milk Paint for color and Tried and True oils. Danish and the Varnish. I’m slowly learning what “APPLY VERY THIN COATS” means. Its the first and only oil finish that I have ever used so I’m still not quite sure what I am to expect as far as drying times. I’ve done a table top and it finally has stopped (MONTHS later) having that pleasant smell that is the oil but I think some more applications will prove what a good amount will be. The top for this took less time but still much longer than I would have hoped. I know this issue has been talked about MANY times over- I just hope I can get it happening better. The feel of the finished wood and No VOC’s is really very appealing to me. I used shellac on the unpainted Pine and Oak Box.

I did a bit of a “Poor Mans” grain wrap with the mitered box that is the drawer. I didn’t do any resawing but cut the sides consecutively down the length of a single board. The 4th corner turned out better than I had thought it would :)

I have yet to hang the thing though :( I think I am going to try and do some sort of french cleat. The top over hangs the back by about a half inch or so. (sitting on the table it doesn’t look bad)... BUT, hanging it on the wall will require some spacers somehow. I’ve yet to determine how.

The picture taken in the tree had people believing the shelf was a lot bigger than it is. I later took some photos with objects to give a sense of scale.

Please! Any advice and constructive criticism is so appreciated.
Thanks for looking :)


-- Jay

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#1 posted 09-12-2011 08:22 PM

I like it, very cool. And sorry, no criticism from me (constructive or otherwise); you’ve done good! And welcome to Active Membership on LJs.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 09-12-2011 08:39 PM

Very nice Alice in wonderland shelve. A true piece of art. Thanks for posting

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#3 posted 09-12-2011 08:44 PM

Initially, I thought it was Ohad’s. Nice work.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#4 posted 09-12-2011 09:36 PM

I too thought it was Ohad with a name change, but I’m glad to see other people trying this out. It inspires me to try something like this now. As far as the scale, I am in the group that thought, wth is a BIG piece like that doing up in a tree? Even for an artistic pic. Glad to see it’s not as big as I thought.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#5 posted 09-13-2011 12:16 AM

I also thought that Ohad was back. Which means that you succeeded ;)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#6 posted 09-13-2011 01:34 AM

When I look at it, I am reminded of a fairy tale story, colorful, whimsical. You should be proud of the design, it is a unique shelf. I am inspired to try and make a curved top now.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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Occie gilliam

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#7 posted 09-13-2011 02:34 AM

you did it, nice work
Now every body going to make one, me to.
i love Ohad work i like glue ups a lot and do some my self.

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#8 posted 09-13-2011 05:13 AM

Really cool! thinking outside the wood box.

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#9 posted 09-13-2011 06:44 PM

Cool! Really fun piece. Great job!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 09-13-2011 08:08 PM

ohad makes nice things.. you show respect with your project. Looks great’

-- making sawdust....

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#11 posted 09-14-2011 02:17 AM

Blue. Many woods are shades of orange and then there is blue, on the opposite side of the colour wheel. Just perfect with the wood, I must try it.
It was only after I got to the third picture that I saw the sublime placement of the drawer pull. Very, very nice.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#12 posted 09-14-2011 08:33 PM

Great work, I’m Ohad will be proud

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#13 posted 09-15-2011 04:58 AM

Thanks everyone for the support, it means a lot. I’m trying hard to find my own voice and sometimes it starts with the familiar or with what one has seen before it becomes it’s own. I’ve got a bit to go but I am getting there…I hope

-- Jay

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#14 posted 09-19-2011 03:33 AM

Cool shelf and I love the picture setting also.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#15 posted 10-25-2011 01:38 AM

mad props curve looks nice

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