Asian Inspired Shelves with Natural Edge Back

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Project by Jero posted 465 days ago 1605 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m using up some more of the live-edge walnut that I got a couple of years ago. By the time I machined it flat, it’s kind of too thin to make any kind of table top out of. However, I still wanted to display the unique look of the slab. I came up with this shelf design using the walnut as the decorative backer, and hard maple boards as the shelves.

The shelves are asian influenced and designed. They have a curved front, and are tapered in thickness from the inside, slightly over 3/4”, to the outside, slightly over 1/2” thick. They are simply screwed through the back of the walnut with (4) ea 2” screws. Ended up being very rigid.

The finish is 3 coats of brush on lacquer. I put a couple more coats on the bark to seal it in. We’ll see if it stays on or not

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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#1 posted 465 days ago

This is just outstanding! I love the finish and the concept.!

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#2 posted 465 days ago

Very nice!
You won’t find materials and style like that at Walmart.
You have really highlighted the beauty of the wood.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 465 days ago

A very unique design Jeremy,great job.

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#4 posted 465 days ago

That’s thinking out of the box ! Looks great : )

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#5 posted 465 days ago

It’a a work of art itself, like the live edge of the wood and tapered shelves. Awesome design!


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#6 posted 465 days ago

I like it

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