Wall Hung Shelf

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Project by Clayton Whisman posted 445 days ago 757 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a simple wall hung shelf I recently completed. It’s made from tiger maple and cherry. The shelves are attached to the vertical supports via saddle joints and a screw on the back. Each shelf is 9/16” thick at the center and tapers to 1/4” and the ends. The end are toed-in at 5 degrees. The vertical supports are tapered on three sides from about 1.5” x 1.75” to 1” x .75” (If memory servers me correctly). The finish coat was General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Oil/varnish blend.

Oh, Almost forgot, the shelves are hung with a key hole. If you look close, you can see my oops moment. I ran the supports the wrong direction on the router table. I did the other one the same way to ‘hide’ the mistake :-)

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#1 posted 445 days ago

Very nice a cool design

-- Custom furniture

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Clayton Whisman

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#2 posted 444 days ago

Thanks Jim

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#3 posted 443 days ago

Nice joinery. Looks very strong and good looking

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#4 posted 443 days ago

Thanks Phil!

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#5 posted 443 days ago

Did you do anything else to the cherry? Or was it just redder stock? Either way, great execution, it looks phenomenal! I might just steal this idea, if you don’t mind!

-- -- Measure twice, cut once; why, did the wood grow?

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#6 posted 443 days ago

I like this. It’s a nice simple design and looks good.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 442 days ago

Like the great joints and contrasting woods. It makes a pretty and unique shelf.

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#8 posted 442 days ago

YoungWilly → I didn’t do anything to the cherry, it was just really old stock. I bought it from a retired woodworker. I think it was twenty years old, so it’s just darkened naturally. Steal away, message me you email and I’ll send you the plans if you want them.

Thanks helluvawreck!

Thanks Fishinbo!

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#9 posted 342 days ago

This shelf is interesting, thus like a wall shelf i had came accross. But your shelf seems heavy, safe on wall?


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