Quick Shelf

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Project by Fettler posted 02-15-2014 02:13 AM 919 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked me to build a small shelf for above a changing table. This is the result.

The corbels are made from 8/4 stock and the top is 6/4 cherry. The grain doesn’t match that well but its what i had laying around. Finish is spray lacquer (1/2 deft and 1/2 Behlen). Deft can had a better nozzle, dried in 30 minutes between coats vs. 60minutes. Unfortunately Rockler only had semi-gloss so I ended up with Behlen lacquer (which thankfully seems compatible). I applied 4 coats total, probably could use more (it’s a little patchy) and i didn’t rub out the finish.

The corbels are free hand drawn, then cut on a bandsaw and cleaned up with a shavespoke + sand paper. In retrospect i would have used a compass instead of free-hand drawing the shape. Bevels are all done with a table saw. Final prep was done with smooth plane, 80 grit sand paper and then 220 grit in preparation for lacquer.

To attach the corbels i used 2 dowels and yellow glue.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#1 posted 02-15-2014 05:45 AM


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#2 posted 02-15-2014 09:04 PM

Very nice. I like the look of the thick corbels underneath.

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#3 posted 02-16-2014 01:18 PM

Very nice looking shelf…good work.

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#4 posted 02-20-2014 03:24 PM

Good looking and well installed shelf, like the thick cuts of the pieces. Well done!

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