Shelf and Valance

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Project by IowaWoodcrafter posted 03-01-2008 04:11 PM 3285 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked me to make a shelf to go above our bedroom windows. I thought this was going to look kind of odd but I did it anyway. It is attached to the wall with a french cleat running the entire length. After my wife hung the valance she made I changed my mind, it looks pretty good. The valance will match the quilt she is making for the new bed I’m making.

Sorry there’s only one picture. I dropped the camera and now it only works some of the time. I think I’m going to have to buy a new one today.

Edit: I purchased a new camera, an Olympus FE-340 8 megapixel with 5x optical zoom. I’ve upload another picture taken with the new camera set to 5 megapixel mode. All I can say is WOW, this is a great camera. I took a picture at 8 megapixel mode and I can see the fine detail in the material. I decided not to upload it because of the file size.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#1 posted 03-01-2008 05:32 PM

Hi Owen,

I think the shelf in combination with the valence looks pretty good as well. It is a little hard to see but is it made out of pine?

By the way I see you have learned one of the fundamental lessons about marriage- just say yes dear and let it go at that.

Sorry about the camera. Getting a new one entails spending money that could be used on buying another tool. (I know your dilemma I dropped my after Christmas and it is broken as well and am too tight to buy another one. Maybe I will ask my wife to “loan” me some money for a new one).

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-01-2008 05:47 PM

Looks nice. Here’s a tip: Buy the wife the camera and tell her she needs it to take some picture’s of the quilt, then everyone is happy.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#3 posted 03-01-2008 06:20 PM

Please don’t show this picture to my wife.. I am very busy and we have too many windows…

This is a great idea. Hope you don’t mind that I plan on stealing it and making some of these for my house.

-- making sawdust....

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#4 posted 03-02-2008 12:35 AM

Scott, it’s made from red oak. I made some mission style night stands and I’m in the process of making us a king sized mission style bed. The shelf had to match or I wouldn’t get to sleep in the bed. ;)

Ron, I’ll buy the camera for myself otherwise it’ll always be missing in action. I finally decided on the camera I’m going to buy, unfortunately it won’t be available until April, right around my birthday. Perfect timing if you ask me. I’ll be buying a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3A.

Motthunter, steal away, I certainly don’t mind. I’m glad you like it enough to want to make some yourself.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#5 posted 03-02-2008 01:32 PM

a smart cookie—great idea, design and creation.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 03-17-2008 11:25 AM

Well done, nice design – it looks beautiful.

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

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#7 posted 03-17-2008 12:38 PM

That is a good way to display several items. It looks good to me.

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#8 posted 03-17-2008 01:49 PM

great idea owen , i do a lot of these , mine are different than yours but i like yours just as well good job

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