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Project by vipond33 posted 05-13-2012 04:37 AM 2455 views 14 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Kitchen shelves, I made one then another of these. It’s always easier when it’s fresh in your mind to make two.

The cherry one was a wedding present for a favourite niece. I used fresh clean figured stock with minimal finishing, so it should colour up & darken real well. Grain patterns pop over time too. On this and the other I ran traditional grooves at the back of each shelf to hold photo’s, plates or other thin standing objects.

Since she and her husband own not even a hammer, I positioned the cleat holes exactly 16” on centre, provided screws, a pilot drill, a miniature level, a magnet to find the studs and a brief installation guide. I jokingly told him to do a pull-up on it before they placed their first valuable thing. He did. Kids.
And yes, there is wood storage everywhere.

The second shelf, mine, came from a really nasty mahogany board culled from a huge shipment we received for a project at work. Pure firewood it was with cross grain checks and fossilization everywhere. Punky in places. Almost unworkable but what grain, what colour!

I left the cup and cracks in.. The best part is the edges you see are not live edges. but internal splits broken apart under light hand pressure.

Finish is high gloss tung oil which gives a great elastic durable surface. No wax. All joinery is, well I’ll let you guess.

36” x 30” x 5”
23” x 23” x 5”
About 14 hrs.(2)
Build on LJ’s.
gene

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





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Philip

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#1 posted 05-13-2012 04:41 AM

That is genius. I like that you made an instruction booklet on how to hang it for them- took the idea right out of my head.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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eddie

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#2 posted 05-13-2012 07:18 AM

gene being new ,wouldn,t even know what to guess on the joinery maybe half lap but i do know that is one beautiful shelf and the wood grain with that finish just jumps off at you.one day i will get mine to look as good :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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rance

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#3 posted 05-13-2012 08:08 AM

These are no less like-able than your other projects. Very nice job, and kudos for using that nasty lumber.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Roger

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#4 posted 05-13-2012 10:28 AM

Very nice shelf to display your artistic wood projects

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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SPalm

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#5 posted 05-13-2012 11:02 AM

What a wonderful idea. And my my, what a thing for design you have.

Never heard of high gloss Tung. It looks great.

And thanks for sharing your case with your belongings. It made me smile.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Clint Searl

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#6 posted 05-13-2012 11:56 AM

Elegantly simple; simply elegant

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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Michael Wilson

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#7 posted 05-13-2012 12:56 PM

Glad you stuck with the mahogany. That has to be pretty rewarding.

Definitely favoriting so I remember to try something like this.

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Karson

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#8 posted 05-13-2012 01:17 PM

Beautiful wood. You just have to keep the defects and make them part of the project. To cut them out you have nothing left.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dusty56

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#9 posted 05-13-2012 02:55 PM

Very beautiful wood to say the least and I really like how you made use of that nasty Mahogany : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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balidoug

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#10 posted 05-13-2012 03:01 PM

The annoying thing is you make it look so easy. Another great design, and another great build.

“Not to dare is to lose oneself” SK

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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gul

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#11 posted 05-13-2012 03:17 PM

Great idea and easy one too.

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doncutlip

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#12 posted 05-13-2012 03:52 PM

Very strking, came cout great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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shipwright

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#13 posted 05-13-2012 04:14 PM

Beautiful in their simplicity Gene.

You are using one of my favorite joints here. With the need to conserve space on boats, anything you can make “knock down” but still sturdy gets high marks and this kind of half lap excels at the task.

It also works perfectly for you here to provide clean lines and leave the beautiful wood as the sole focus.

Simple… superb.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Marpintero

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#14 posted 05-13-2012 07:06 PM

Gene, thanks for reminding me that should post a similar project. Yours is very nice, I love the finish. When I grow up I wanna be like you … lol
A hug.
Martin

Gene, gracias por recordarme que debía postear un proyecto parecido. El tuyo está muy bonito, me encanta la terminación. Cuando sea grande quiero ser como vos… lol
Un abrazo.
Martín

-- Our lives are marked and bound together by concentric rings. Martín - Argentina

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vipond33

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#15 posted 05-13-2012 07:16 PM

You are too kind, or blind!
gene

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

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