Live edge walnut shelf

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Project by Jero posted 738 days ago 3431 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from a scrap piece of the walnut tree that I had. It’s from the crotch of the tree. I really enjoy the contrasting color between the dark and light part of the wood. I wanted to give it kind of a floating shelf appearance, and kept the nailer piece to a minimum. Its finished with 3 coats of brush on lacquer.

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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Bennie Woods

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#1 posted 738 days ago

Nice shelf Jero! I’ve got a few pieces of choice material that can be used for such as this. Very simple and artistic. Thanks for posting.

-- Bennie Woods, USS FRANK CABLE, GUAM

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#2 posted 738 days ago

How thick is the shelf?

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 737 days ago

That is a real nice shelf, Jeramy It is a pretty piece of walnut. I think I would add a gusset under it with that much overhang, though. It might get some force out on the end and that would be quite a strain on screws or dowels along the wall line..just a thought…..........Jim

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

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#4 posted 737 days ago

Great pieceof wood! I think I’d be tempted to devise some kind of rod, screwed to a stud, that then fit into hole bored into the back edge of the shelf, to act as an interior shelf support bracket. But then, it all depends on what you’re planning to put ON the shelf!

-- Pete in Wilmette, IL

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#5 posted 737 days ago

Pete, Rockler beat you to it. They have a mounting system that consists of a horizontal bracket and two rods that screw into the bracket. The rods go about 6” into the back of the board and the bracket is secured to studs in the wall. I used it on my floating shelf:

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#6 posted 737 days ago

beautiful shelf.i love the color from the dark to light also.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#7 posted 737 days ago

That Walnut is just beautiful ! Nice use of the piece : )

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

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#8 posted 735 days ago

Thanks everyone. I did consider alternate mounting ideas, but this shelf (at least initially) isnt designed to support heavy objects. It is screwed to the wall and it does a great job. If I had one screw in a stud, it would have a hard time failing.

The shelf is a hair over 3/4” thick.

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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#9 posted 427 days ago

Love the walnut with the bark still on it, I have my own walnut project, and was looking for sanding and sealing Advice. How did you get this awsome look, I have never worked with live edge before, so any help you can give me would be great.

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