Zigzag shelf

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Project by TDSpade posted 408 days ago 5642 views 31 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from red oak plywood, first time I’ve used iron on veneer edging. I like it, easy to use.

Except the top and bottom pieces each piece has two ¼ inch deep x ¾ wide rabbits. All glued and screwed together with pocket hole joinery.

Stained with general finishes water based amber dye, blo, amber shellac, and paste wax. I had trouble with the shellac due to temperatures close to100 degrees. The alcohol based shellac was drying out too fast. I had to strip some parts back down to the dye and start over a couple of times. So I bought a cheap hvlp spray gun from Harbor freight and gave that a try. Man what a difference! I am now a hvlp convert. And no I will not give up my shellac.

Didn’t want to drill holes into the shelf, so I used a kind of 45 degree angle cleat system. I glued and nailed the cleats on the back of the shelf wall pieces first. Then used blue painters tape at the bottom of the wall cleats to hold them in place on the shelf. I then used double stick cloth tape on the wall cleats. The idea was to stick one side at a time against the wall and push up rolling the painters tape off the shelf. It sort of worked one cleat at a time. I then screwed each cleat in place.

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#1 posted 408 days ago

Look real good

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#2 posted 408 days ago

Not only it is a great looking shelf, you have some great looking band saw boxes displayed

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#3 posted 408 days ago

Super cool! That would look great in almost any room!

-- christopheralan

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#4 posted 408 days ago

Very cool!

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#5 posted 407 days ago

Very cool idea…not ever seen shelving done like that for a corner….great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#6 posted 407 days ago

Beatiful. Excelent choise of the grain. I’make one like that some time ago…but not so perfect. Congratulations.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#7 posted 407 days ago

Nice looking. It really dresses up that corner.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 407 days ago

Great shelving design and build… Looks wonderful with all of the woodwork on it, thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#9 posted 407 days ago

Great build. I really like this shelf.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#10 posted 407 days ago

Very nice way to display your other woodworking projects.

Ingenious method to align all those French cleats! Hope I can remember that!

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#11 posted 404 days ago

Beautiful and unique shelves! Cool design and a great way to display those wonderful wooden creations. Great job!

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#12 posted 403 days ago

nice. havent seen this done like this before. and thanks for the photos of the hanging method you designed.

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