Floating live edge walnut shelf

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Project by MKBurnett posted 03-14-2014 06:56 AM 2716 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found a gorgeous live edge walnut slab on sale (ten bucks!) and knew I had to use it. I toyed with a few ideas – from a three legged bench or sofa table to various shelf ideas but with the width of the wood as it was and me wanting to keep it as natural as I could, this is what it ended up as.

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#1 posted 03-14-2014 12:03 PM

looks nice, how did you secure it to the wall?

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#2 posted 03-14-2014 12:40 PM

wow, that is really cool. Great work

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#3 posted 03-14-2014 01:44 PM

Very nice. How’s it mounted?

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#4 posted 03-14-2014 02:33 PM

Think of a french cleat and a stopped sliding dovetail. A separate walnut board in the shape of a french cleat was secured to the wall studs – exactly like a french cleat would be. Then, instead of adding a board to the back of the walnut slab, I routed into the back of the slab like one would do a stopped sliding dovetail. I then slid the walnut slab over the walnut board attached to the wall and secured the slab to the board by screws. An extra bonus of routing into the slab was that it obviously made it lighter and therefore less of a stress on the wall.

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#5 posted 03-14-2014 02:44 PM

That’s really nice, could you add some pictures of the mounting system and a picture showing it hooked to the wall?

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#6 posted 03-15-2014 02:42 AM

that’s nicer that just an old piece a wood

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#7 posted 03-16-2014 01:09 AM

Very elegant, would love to have a shelf like that at home. Nice job.

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#8 posted 03-20-2014 03:43 PM

It came out really beautiful. The wood is gorgeous and like the natural shape and finish. Great job!

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