Live edge walnut shelf

  • Advertise with us
Project by Jero posted 08-24-2012 01:39 PM 15068 views 3 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

9 comments so far

View Bennie Woods's profile

Bennie Woods

62 posts in 2874 days

#1 posted 08-24-2012 02:49 PM

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

View MichaelT77's profile


119 posts in 2312 days

#2 posted 08-24-2012 06:30 PM

How thick is the shelf?

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

21729 posts in 3305 days

#3 posted 08-24-2012 06:55 PM

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!!

View Pete Tevonian's profile

Pete Tevonian

78 posts in 3117 days

#4 posted 08-24-2012 07:20 PM

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

View Furnitude's profile


380 posts in 3707 days

#5 posted 08-24-2012 09:10 PM

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:

-- Mitch, Also blog at

View whitebeast88's profile


4128 posts in 2390 days

#6 posted 08-25-2012 01:18 AM

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

-- Marty.Athens,AL

View Dusty56's profile


11822 posts in 3888 days

#7 posted 08-25-2012 02:37 AM

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

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

View Jero's profile


79 posts in 3186 days

#8 posted 08-27-2012 12:18 PM

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

View Lumberjack47's profile


2 posts in 1991 days

#9 posted 07-01-2013 12:39 AM

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.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics