Modern plant shelf

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Project by james3one posted 744 days ago 1900 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was for a very nice client who kept 5 or 6 orchids next to the tub. I got the idea of having a low shelf to keep the plants away from the window treatment and based the design around the shape of the tub. The clients tastes leaned towards the modern. So this is the design I came up with. Function first, then design. Kept almost exactly to the original dimensions, drawn in Sketchup.

I used a cabinet grade plywood to keep movement to a minimum in what I’m sure is a moist environment. I laminated the 3/4” ply to make the legs a good 1 1/2” thick, using a polyurethane glue. I joined the legs to the shelf with drywall and pocket screws. Cut the legs out with a scroll saw(looking forward to getting a bandsaw) and fine tuned the shape with block plane, rasp and sand paper. Face board and sides were mitered, glued and set with brads. This was a fairly simple design that required a strict attention to detail.

Was very annoyed at how fragile the outer veneer was, and had to score each cut with a blade first.

The shelf is off to the painter for a faux finish.

-- James, Tulsa OK,

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 744 days ago

Nice job on that stand. I’m sure the customer will like it!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 744 days ago

Great job!! Like the design. Would like to see pictures with the finish on it.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Damien Pollet

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#3 posted 744 days ago

I like the leg design, and the thick slab proportions of the shelf!

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#4 posted 744 days ago

I love it; the way the legs are designed is cool. I think it gives it an Asian flair.

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#5 posted 744 days ago

Nice. I like things that are different.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#6 posted 744 days ago

Great job on this I like the lines.

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

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#7 posted 743 days ago

I would like to see the finished project as well : )

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#8 posted 743 days ago

I’ll post pics when its finished. Got a nice hug from the client. Think that was the best compliment.

-- James, Tulsa OK,

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#9 posted 743 days ago

Interesting design! I’m with you about the “functionality first, design second” :)



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#10 posted 741 days ago

No offense meant, but that is more contemporary than modern (it does carry a little of a modern line though).

Either way, nice build and good job. If the client liked it, that’s all that really matters (well, besides getting paid).

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#11 posted 739 days ago

Not sure if its contemporary or post modern with a classic twist owning to the Eastern pull of the supportive under structure while simultaneously creating a clearly Modern tone with the floating, Frank Lloyd Wright inspired, ledge, allowing for a Tableau Vivant once adorned with the menagerie of orchids.

Mostly I just put things in to Modern and Not Modern categories.

-- James, Tulsa OK,

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#12 posted 739 days ago

James, excellent response. :-)

I have a few categories myself: Modern, Danish/Scan, Contemporary, Stuff that looks like the previous three combined, and Other stuff that isn’t any of those.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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