Live Edge Display Shelves

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Project by bowtie posted 779 days ago 2388 views 14 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always sawed, planed, and sanded wood unto submission but have wanted to try some live edge projects since seeing the beautiful projects listed on ljs.
The shelves are from the same log, this is visible in the picture on the drill press. The log was a downed red cedar on our daughters farm. The legs are from standing dead cedars in our woods ( nothing but heartwood left )
The shelves are assembled with all thread running from top to bottom.
Finish is shellac, my first project with shellac and I love it.
Once again thanks for all the ideas and thanks for looking.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#1 posted 779 days ago

Very nice work. Great job. I LOVE cedar and you did it justice in this piece.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 778 days ago

Wow this is a very creative design and a cool finished project.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 778 days ago

Beautiful. Love that kind of stuff!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#4 posted 778 days ago

very cool..nice work

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#5 posted 778 days ago

You did a beautiful job on these shelves! The smoothness of the wood and the shellac finish is amazing. How about splitting those supports and cutting a square groove down the center with a dado blade and then glueing them back together? Drilling those holes looked to be very frustrating! You might route the slot after splitting the supports? I’m always looking for a better/simpler way to do complicated things. I too get my inspiration from this site and can’t wait to try something new.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 778 days ago

Very nice design. I love ‘em!!..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#7 posted 778 days ago

Thanks for the comments.
gfadvm, a couple of months ago I made a 3/4” pvc splitter ( for lumber stickers ) which I saw in a woodworking magazine. It called for a hole thru a 4×4 that the pipe would slide in. I don’t have a drillbit large enough and my tablesaw is a small benchtop that won’t hold a dado stack so I set the blade to 45 degrees and cut an inverted v in two 2×4s and than screwed them together. I like your idea also to cut a slot on the router table, I think that would work well and take less time to get a good fit.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#8 posted 778 days ago

That sounds like a good plan. There are usually several ways to skin the cat.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 778 days ago

That is really beautiful, a work of art.

-- - Martin

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#10 posted 778 days ago

Beautiful design, the cedar looks really nice and the shellac finish came out superb.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#11 posted 778 days ago

I’m liking that Bowtie!! Redwood is soft but with a nice finish on it , it ages and lasts for ages. Lite too. Love it.
Just watch any water near that shellac.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#12 posted 778 days ago

Simple and beautiful

-- Dreaming patterns

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#13 posted 778 days ago

i like this as well gives me an idea of what to do with the 250bf i have

-- jeff robinson, panama city, fl

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#14 posted 635 days ago

Lovely design, and that shelving stand made out of the same log gives really nice character, well done with shellac.

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