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Project by Anthony posted 10-15-2013 01:15 AM 1457 views 15 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this idea out of a woodworking magazine and made a few changes to fit my personal preferences.

This is made of select pine and really was a proof of concept project that turned out so well that I used it as the finished item. The shelves are attached to the supports using half-lap joints. Each shelf has an angle cut on the end to lighten the overall visual perception. Because it is made of Pine I used a wood conditioner and Gel stain for the finish and it worked out great.

It was a fun one to build and has led to a few additional versions.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"





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hoss12992

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#1 posted 10-15-2013 06:46 AM

This is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#2 posted 10-15-2013 12:02 PM

Very Nice. I like.

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL http://jbuda.net

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#3 posted 10-15-2013 12:49 PM

Very pretty – nice form!

Might I suggest to place the photo of your actual finished project as pic number 1 – that way we all can see it from the main projects menu. You will get more people to view your project for sure!

Keep up the great work!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#4 posted 10-15-2013 05:39 PM

Nice design and build. I favorites them to show my son who wants me to build some shelves for his home office. I have my own design but the style of yours would fit better into his more modern decorated home.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Anthony

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#5 posted 10-15-2013 06:46 PM

I really appreciate all of your comments and support. Thank you!

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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TheWoodenOyster

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#6 posted 10-16-2013 12:26 AM

Well done. That gel stain looks great! Did you pre-treat it with anything before your put on the stain?

Whenever I use stain it always goes downhill.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#7 posted 10-16-2013 12:34 AM

Why the CGI?

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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Anthony

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#8 posted 10-16-2013 01:55 AM

Oyster..yes I used a pre-stain treatment before applying the gel stain. I think that between the two it worked out pretty well.

Hey Bodeyguy, I use Sketchup (a free design program) to design all of my projects, I was simply showing it as a comparison from concept to finished project.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#9 posted 10-16-2013 05:15 PM

Well done nice lines…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 10-18-2013 03:00 PM

Beautiful shelves! Like the great design and great joinery. Well done project!

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#11 posted 10-25-2013 10:39 PM

Anthony, how are the shelves attached to the vertical pieces? Other than the half laps, are they glued or mechanically fastened?

They are very nice, I really like this design. Kudos!

-- Mike

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Anthony

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#12 posted 10-26-2013 05:04 PM

Thanks for the nice comments!

paratrooper34, I didn’t use any mechanical fasteners, just glued. These shelves won’t me holding up much weight so I just went with the half lap. You could add some additional woodscrews or dowels from the back if you wanted to though.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#13 posted 10-26-2013 07:18 PM

That is a nice looking project and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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