Maple Shelving For A Ham Shack

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September, 2012—A neighbor is a retired radio engineer and is now active in the amateur radio hobby. He requested some help from me to make some nice shelving for his radio shack. We decided on maple with a dark stain. The shelving is 3/4-inch maple plywood from Anderson Lumber (‘the beast”) in St. Petersburg, Florida. The plywood edge is banded with maple edging from Woodcraft in Clearwater, FL.

The shelf supports with the square holes are completely movable to accommodate any equipment changes or rearrangements he would like to make. There is felt glued to the top and bottom of the uprights to help them slide easier, without scaring the finish on the shelves. All shelving was first prepped with Minwax Wood Conditioner followed by two coats of Minwax Dark Walnut stain. Once dry, Satin water-based polyurethane was applied by brush in three coats. Joinery is a mix of biscuits and pocket screws.

We are both happy with how it turned out. It is a very comfortable radio shack to sit in. I had fun working on this project.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 648 days ago

Nice shack. N9SBE

-- Stormy: Sometimes the wood just tells you what it wants to be.

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Donna Menke

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#2 posted 648 days ago

Great set-up. N5PFI with WX5D, (and the two kids are licensed too)

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#3 posted 648 days ago

Ditto from WB5PMZ

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#4 posted 648 days ago

Darn I thought you were talking about HAM the eating kind. :))

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 648 days ago

nice work.KK4BNI

-- merle

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#6 posted 648 days ago

Wow, nice rack…

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#7 posted 648 days ago

LOL Jim…. me too.. I’ve got a friend into HAM radio. I however, feel like a ham sandwich now, fer some reason. Oh, nice shelf/s Art. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 648 days ago

Yup i was hopin for some bacon or procuitto but instead got a real nice project. Nice surprise. I really like the adaptability of the shelving.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#9 posted 648 days ago

Makes me wish I had the space to put my shack back in operation…. N8YF

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#10 posted 648 days ago

Nice collection of “boat anchors” or aka: “Radios that glow in the dark”.

73 de Dave – N6DSW
SK ..

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#12 posted 644 days ago


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