Arts and Crafts Wall Shelf

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Project by pashley posted 03-14-2013 09:25 PM 2553 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An Arts and Crafts (specifically, British style) wall shelf, from a project in a recent copy of Fine Woodworking.

All quarter-sawn white oak, save the paduak and maple inlay.

The finish was a special brew of dye and stain, which I will be detailing at my blog shortly. I’ll actually be making up a very nice PDF file with demonstration photos! It’s not that hard of a recipe, and turns out great.

This was a fun project. I’ve never inlayed (though tax season is almost upon us, so I’ll be outlaying soon), and I was happy with the results; I look forward to doing more, it adds a nice touch. Besides the inlay, the most difficult part of the project was gluing up the end posts, as there are only two miters, and a filler board in the back. Ugh. The back boards are actually ship-lapped, which really gives it an antique feel.

The only downfall of this project is that the shelving depth is not that great – only as deep as 3.5”. Perhaps I’ll revamp that in a future piece.

43″ wide, 23″ tall, 6″ deep

Hope you like :)

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 03-15-2013 05:54 AM

great looking piece…i do like the inlay…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#2 posted 03-15-2013 12:26 PM

Very nice,
What did you finish with?

-- David

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#3 posted 03-15-2013 01:10 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 03-15-2013 01:11 PM

Nice piece of work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 03-15-2013 02:54 PM

Really nice work. Looks authentic, too. Did you have instruction on the inlay, or just wing it? Harvey Ellis would smile if he could see yours. I guess you probably used a forstner bit to cut the circle, but how about the “stem”? Mini router with a straight edge? Thanks.

-- --Dale Page

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#6 posted 03-15-2013 03:33 PM


As I recall, the article detailed Nancy Hiller’s take of an old piece. She removed the upright part of an old desk, and made it a stand alone item. I always wanted to build one of these myself.

Excellent job!

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#7 posted 03-15-2013 03:50 PM

Nice looking wall shelf. I like the inlay pattern, that adds some nice interest to the project.
I’ve seen a similar project, scaled up as a bookshelf with a tulip inlay.
Lovely work here.

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

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