Wall hung shelf

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Project by scueplain posted 09-20-2011 10:37 AM 3174 views 20 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have updated the pictures of this project to reflect the finished shelves. I only had one shelf done last time I posted this. Both shelves are 10’ long so I only had room to make one at a time. I added a construction picture to go with the finished project. Lots and lots of miters. The shelves are for a clients pottery collection

-- Dave,Portland OR

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#1 posted 09-20-2011 11:51 AM

Wow! Thumb up

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#2 posted 09-20-2011 01:09 PM

Very cool design!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 09-20-2011 01:36 PM

nice! Good idea for the use of cutoffs and scraps

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#4 posted 09-20-2011 01:42 PM

Looks great. Both together Will be impressive.
Thanks for sharing your work.
A pic of the both shelves installed would be cool.

-- Anthony

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#5 posted 09-20-2011 01:44 PM


-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#6 posted 09-20-2011 02:35 PM

creative and witty

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#7 posted 09-20-2011 03:15 PM

Most cool!

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#8 posted 09-20-2011 06:18 PM

Please post photos of the finished project.
You took a common item like a shelf and turned it into art.
Thanks for sharing.
tom b.

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#9 posted 09-20-2011 06:52 PM

very amazing shelf! That looks like a ton of work. Is it hollow with a false front? Also, how did you attach it to the wall?

Thank you for sharing! I love projects like this

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#10 posted 09-20-2011 07:35 PM

Hello scueplain

A very good design
I love it

In my favorite

A picture with the two shelves is necessary
Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#11 posted 09-20-2011 11:56 PM

Cool design. Must have been a challenge to keep it strait with all those mitres.

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

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#12 posted 09-21-2011 02:32 AM

I have a very flat assembly table that I set everything up on.The back of the shelf has a 1.5” cavity that holds a full length ledger plate made of 1” plywood. This ledger zigs and zag with the shelf. The ledger is a couple of thousands narrower in the vertical plane so the shelf will slip onto it when it is on the wall. I made the vertical sections of the ledger 1/4” narrower then the cavity. this allows for side to side movement The ledger was made in place with pocket screws and glue. I then screwed a piece of 1/4” plywood to the ledger and extracted it from the back cavity. This plywood piece held the registration for the whole ledger. I then flushcut routed around the ledger in several places(kind of like little window so I could accurately mark the position of the ledger on the wall without losing the registration. Leveled everything and marked it position on the wall. Sank 2.5” screws through the ledger into the studs. Took the ledger off the wall and then removed the plywood. Reinstalled the ledger and put the shelf up for scribing to the wall on the end of the shelf. The vertical pieces of the ledger are undersized enough to have movement of 1/4” so I could scribe and still remount the shelf without having to move the ledger again. Scribed for back wall and the attached the whole thing to the ledger with some countersunk #4 brass screws . Very strong, I think a kid could hang on it

-- Dave,Portland OR

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#13 posted 09-21-2011 03:25 AM

Just a thought- Maybe a radius on the outside corners to give more of an organic feel, and blend more with the clay art. Not that I’m any kind of artist.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#14 posted 09-21-2011 05:37 AM

unique and cool ,well done

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#15 posted 09-21-2011 03:15 PM

Love this! Yes, would like to see completed project.

-- Dave

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