Zigzag shelf

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Project by TDSpade posted 07-09-2013 03:35 AM 23923 views 34 times favorited 15 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 07-09-2013 04:28 AM

Look real good

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#2 posted 07-09-2013 08:56 AM

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 07-09-2013 09:50 AM

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

-- christopheralan

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#4 posted 07-09-2013 10:39 AM

Very cool!

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#5 posted 07-09-2013 11:43 AM

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 07-09-2013 01:08 PM

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 07-09-2013 01:15 PM

Nice looking. It really dresses up that corner.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 07-09-2013 04:46 PM

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

-- Dan

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#9 posted 07-10-2013 02:15 AM

Great build. I really like this shelf.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#10 posted 07-10-2013 02:58 AM

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 07-12-2013 01:52 PM

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

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#12 posted 07-13-2013 07:27 PM

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

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#13 posted 09-30-2014 04:28 PM

I am a High School Shop teacher, I would like to have the plans rather than guessing. Is this possible?

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#14 posted 09-30-2014 05:01 PM

Very cool idea for the shelf system AND for attaching the cleats to the wall. Like Andy, I hope I can remember it.
Nice work. and congrats on making the top 3.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#15 posted 10-01-2014 06:04 AM

I didn’t have any plans. Got the idea from a picture I saw on the web. Each board is ten and a half inches square. Except the bottom wall board. I laid it all out on a table. I oriented the wood grain to suit me, numbered each board, and marked each board for a quarter inch deep by three quarter wide rabbit.
The rabbits helped keep it all square during assembly and glue up. This made the total height 58 inches. Which just fit between ceiling and the chair rail. I used french cleats to hang it. Which I explain in the original post. If you want it shorter make each board smaller.

Steve Ramsey just recently did a slight variation of this on his you tube channel.

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