Coat Shelf....with a little help from my friends....

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Project by JL7 posted 04-20-2013 04:44 AM 2447 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This post is really just about all the great folks here on LJ’s….....

I’ve been building some stuff for the living room when I received a package in the mail from SuperDave most of you know, he is doing more than just cool woodworking these days…...

Pic 2 shows the hand forged goodies that arrived. The bench hook and the twisted hooks were from traditional designs, and the 2 little plates with cut nails are Dave’s own unique designs…...Thanks Dave.

I wanted a project that incorporated all of the forged elements and incorporated some traditional woodworking….....

I had some Silver Maple slabs that I cut myself from logs a few years ago, but I didn’t dry them right, so they were checked pretty bad. I kind of wrote them off. But they seemed right for this project. Cut all the dutchman’s with chisel and router plane, inspired by a video Dave put out a while ago…..will have to dig out the link…..

Pic 3…..The day after the forged stuff showed up, I received the sweet marking knife from Shane........ this is a Czech Edge blade with a Zebrawood handle…...first class. It went to work right off for the dutchman and inlay…...Works great. Thanks Shane.

Pic 4….Shelf is constructed with a kind of Maloof inspired joint…...simple and strong…

The shelf already has purpose besides hanging coats…....the photo below shows two other gifts received…...the moon phase box from Patron..... Thanks David, and the one of 3 photo frames from William...... Thanks William.

One more photo of the forged stuff…

Finish is 6 coats of home mixed Maloof finish…......same as this post and is now part of the Maple project… :^)

This sits on the wall next to the front door which is also in my living room, and will be one of the first things seen when walking in the house…........and I’m proud to share the talent on the shelf…...

Thanks for looking…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 04-20-2013 05:35 AM

Here’s Dave’s video link on the dutchman how to…

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#2 posted 04-20-2013 07:48 AM

What a great shelf unit… Love the mixture of iron and wood. I did some inlays on a table a while back and love the look. Very nice job….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 04-20-2013 08:57 AM

Nice work everything about this piece goes well together.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#4 posted 04-20-2013 09:22 AM

This is an eye catcher….....................

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 04-20-2013 11:28 AM

Jeff, The only thing that could have made that shelf better, was to send the parts to Dave and have him build it…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#6 posted 04-20-2013 12:13 PM

WOW I love it. It took 5 LJ’s to make that. You know I like it.
Dave has a large smile on his face. It leaves me speechless.
Marty your a nut.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 04-20-2013 12:41 PM

That’s a nice shelf, Jeff and Dave. I really like those dutchmen. Have to give that a shot myself.

So you’ve got the all maple room now, Jeff. What’s next? Walnut? Oak? Cherry?

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#8 posted 04-20-2013 01:11 PM

Hey Jeff,
That is really sweet.

And I really like the Maloof inspired joint. Never seen it square-ish.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 04-20-2013 01:11 PM

Nice shelf Jeff. You done a great job on it. I am wondering though.
Just above the hook on the far right, there seems to be a dark spot. I can’t tell from the photos if that’s just in insteresting spot in the wood or another type of inlay piece.
Could you show that end better or tell me what it is?


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#10 posted 04-20-2013 02:05 PM

Appreciate all the comments, even your’s Marty!

Rich….just the Maple for now…..I like this stuff the most, so much character…..I have a few more things to build in the living room, then we’ll see…......thanks.

William – there is a tumbling block inlay on the right side (Cocobolo, Lacewood and Maple):

It’s probably a little too much for the little shelf, but it ties it into the rest of the room here:

Click for details

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#11 posted 04-20-2013 04:23 PM

Hi Jeff.

You´ve got to be kidding : “I had some Silver Maple” Do you still have some maple left? OMG

Lovely piece. A true handsome work.

Nice story as well.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#12 posted 04-20-2013 04:28 PM

i have to say jeff

you are doing some mighty fine work here
the room must be coming along nicely

aside from all the things you have on this
it looks like a great place
to keep your bow ties too

do you wear them in the shop
or just for dress up street work

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 04-20-2013 04:40 PM

great shelf it and love the bow ties and your signature sign on it ,great job.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#14 posted 04-20-2013 04:51 PM

Hey Fernando – you are a funny guy!! Of course we always have just a little more maple left!

David – you funny too!

Thanks Eddie!

Appreciate all the comments…...

The sun is finally shining here….I think I can here the snow melting…....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#15 posted 04-20-2013 09:29 PM

As soon as I saw the “dutchmen” & forgings, I knew you were tying things together….
Then to throw the marking knife, box & frames into the mix….
You have a way of pulling out the best from everything!!!

A great piece, from many an LJs heart…..

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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