Tree Shelf (Walnut)

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Project by Brandon posted 395 days ago 2427 views 28 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of the projects that I have built for my son’s nursery. Two of them I already posted as projects: the rocking chair and the changing table. Since the theme of my son’s room is very woodsy, the idea of having a giant tree coming out of the wall that doubled as a shelf fit perfectly. The shelf is made out of walnut—no veneer or anything. The larger part on the left side is hallow, but the rest of it is solid and it makes for a nice and heavy shelf. I attached the “branches” with a combination of dowels, screws, and glue. The finish is lacquer followed up by paste wax.

To attach it to the wall I used the blind shelf supports from Lee Valley. I had to bore the holes in the shelf using a bit and brace because I didn’t have another drill bit that was long enough at 7/16”. As seen in the last photo. Other than than, I think I used just about every tool in the shop on this project.

I originally got the idea of making this shelf from a post that someone shared on this site; it was so long ago that I don’t remember the original link on Lumberjocks, but here’s the artist's version that I was basing mine from. I’m not sure how he made his, but it’s clear from the photos that it’s veneer and not solid wood, like mine. Of course his is much larger and would be more difficult to make from solid wood.

Questions and comments are welcome. And in case you’re wondering if you saw this yesterday, it’s true. I posted it yesterday but had to delete it because the images weren’t displaying properly. Alas.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#1 posted 395 days ago

Pretty cool. Lots of angles. I am sure that added to the difficulty level.

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#2 posted 395 days ago

I just love this. The Walnut is perfect. Better not show this to my wife;-)

Hadn’t seen your rocking chair yet. Very nice.

-- Red -- "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one." C.S. Lewis

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#3 posted 395 days ago

That’s what happened to me, Red. I showed the shelf I linked above to my wife and she said it’d be nice in the nursery. The project took a long time, but mainly because I kept putting it off, but as it slowly grew in size I knew I had to complete it because it was taking up so much space in the garage.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 395 days ago

Let’s try this again.

Very cool Brandon. Beautiful work man. :-)

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#5 posted 395 days ago

Thanks Tony. Sorry about the post being removed!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 395 days ago

Nice work Brandon. Looks good

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#7 posted 395 days ago

Very creative! Looks good.

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

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#8 posted 395 days ago

Nice work Brandon… Looks to be a perfect fit, love the design and wood selection! Thanks for sharing…

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#9 posted 395 days ago

Excellent project. Definitely not your ordinary shelf.

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#10 posted 395 days ago

Great Job.
I think this is the project on Lumberjocks you referred to.
Click for details

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#11 posted 395 days ago

Really like this!

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#12 posted 395 days ago

Thanks for the comments, everyone! Joel, I think you’re right—that’s the one.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#13 posted 395 days ago

Very creative.

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#14 posted 395 days ago

I remember that original project and I remember being inspired as well.

Awesome job Brandon. I like your style.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#15 posted 395 days ago

Very nice work Brandon.

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