Wall Hung Shelf

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Project by Clayton Whisman posted 05-04-2013 12:19 AM 1895 views 10 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 05-04-2013 12:48 AM

Very nice a cool design

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#2 posted 05-05-2013 03:40 AM

Thanks Jim

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#3 posted 05-05-2013 07:25 PM

Nice joinery. Looks very strong and good looking

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#4 posted 05-06-2013 12:42 AM

Thanks Phil!

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#5 posted 05-06-2013 12:11 PM

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 05-06-2013 12:48 PM

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

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 05-06-2013 04:36 PM

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

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#8 posted 05-07-2013 12:14 AM

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 08-15-2013 02:49 PM

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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