A fun little project for a friend’s pool hall

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Project by graywolf posted 01-23-2012 12:30 AM 1205 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a friend of mine who is a local pool hall owner approach me about building a small trophy shelf. He stated, he wanted just a couple of shelves on a particular wall. To be honest with you he would have been happy with two shelves on brackets. However, I felt that single unit would be the best and he agreed to my design. Although, I did not give all the details of the construction I had in mind. It was enough to get the job.

The materials are red oak with mahogany wedges. The wedges are actually what holds this piece together. I mounted the piece to the wall with a french cleat. The finish is a penetrating stain the owner had on hand, not my favorite color. The wedges I ebonized using old steel wool and vinegar. All of which I topped of with three coats of a satin lacquer rubbed out
This is a very easy project and lot fun as well.

-- Richard, North Carolina,

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#1 posted 01-23-2012 01:38 AM

At first I thought it was purple heart , Good job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 04-01-2013 12:03 AM

Hah yeah I thought it was purpleheart too, but I actually like the color with the intense grain of the oak. It’s like purpleheart on ‘roids. I like the wedges too they look nice, a little Shaker-ish.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#3 posted 04-01-2013 12:27 AM

I also thought it was purpleheart.

Funny, I don’t remember anything that nice in the pool halls I used to visit!

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#4 posted 04-01-2013 10:51 PM

Thanks for the comments guys, Purple heart was not what we were going for however I see what you see as well. As far as the pool hall you choose to hang out in thats on you. I know what you mean a lot of them are holes in the wall, this guy puts a lot of effort in his business to keep it nice and fun place to spend time. Thanks again GW

-- Richard, North Carolina,

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