Neat Floating Shelf

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Project by GlennsGrandson posted 01-14-2013 03:11 AM 1509 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wasn’t going to post this but after I finished it up I was pretty happy with the results and figured that I’d share it with everyone in case anybody was thinking about something similar.

The wife wanted a shelf under the mirror. I think that it’s poplar, I didn’t mark every board that I brought back one day because I figured that I’d remember them. False. It was really easy to work with but wouldn’t take a stain worth a darn. Let walnut gel stain sit on it for 45 minutes, it looked way to light. Tried a water based onyx color that was better… then we decided to “antique” it. The wife ended up really liking the finish. “If life gives you limes, make margaritas.” —Jimmy Buffet

It is surprisingly sturdy for what we, she, wanted it for but I wouldn’t be storing gallons of paint on it. Drill holes prior to cutting back piece off. I ended up using 2 more dowels than I anticipated due to some internal stress being released in the smaller piece of wood after the cut. 6 dowels (3/8”) in total, 3 counter sunk screws into 3 studs. The shelf is glued up from two pieces to make a larger one…just to cut the back off.

Thanks for looking, all comments welcome.

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 03:25 AM

Good job,very well done.

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 03:31 AM

Nice idea and execution!

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 03:47 AM

Nice job Grant.
It came out great.
I did something similar recently and used horizontal key hole slots on the back with screws driven into the wall studs.
Your antiquing decision seems to have worked out fine.

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#4 posted 01-14-2013 08:55 AM

Looks good, wife is happy, successful project!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 01-15-2013 04:18 AM

Clever connection there. I like it a bit more than my floating shelf project. I used keyhole slots on the back but needed a center bracket for added support. Much better floating effect with this.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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