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07-20-2015 07:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question ash modern resource shelves floating

Hi All,

I acquired some nice 12/4 Ash and would love to make these into some floating book shelves. My biggest problem right now is that they’re heavy as all get out. Does anyone have any bright ideas on how I could, in essence, hollow them out while still being (or at least giving the allusion that they are) solid pieces of wood. My only thoughts were to slowly and painstakingly either take a forstener bit to them or use my hollow chisel mortiser from the back side.

Thanks for any help that you guys might be able to provide!

-Chris

-- -Chris


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#1 posted 07-20-2015 07:48 PM

You could resaw the 5 faces you want to use and miter all your joints. Sounds like an awful lot of work for a floating shelf though. Glue up might be pretty tricky as well.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#2 posted 07-20-2015 07:51 PM

Yeah, that’s my plan B if all else fails. I’d really like to try to maintain the one-piece look of it though and avoid a glue up if at all possible.

-- -Chris

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#3 posted 07-20-2015 07:59 PM

I guess another way to do it is to use rebar or threaded rod. You could drill out your wall studs, epoxy the rods / bar into place in the stud, then do the same with the ash blank. Maybe leave a slight upward angle to the bar/rod to let it sag itself into place.

How long of a shelf are you talking? How much weight will need to be supported?

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#4 posted 07-20-2015 08:09 PM

That’s not a bad idea (though way beefier then I had originally thought of for mounting to the wall hah!). The ash blanks are roughly 3-3.5’ long each and about 5-6” deep.

-- -Chris

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#5 posted 07-20-2015 08:15 PM

Youd be able to hit 3 studs at that point so there’s another option IMO. Hog out a recess in the back of the ash blank and make a cleat out of maple or oak that would fit inside said recess. Lag bolt the cleat into the studs, slide the blank over it, and screw down through the blank into the cleat.

I did my pine 5” x 8” x 6’ fireplace mantle like that. I used tapcons into the brick but im sure lags would be just as strong if not stronger.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#6 posted 07-21-2015 12:56 PM

Ah yeah, that’s a great idea! What did you use to pull out the excess wood in the back of the pine?

-- -Chris

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#7 posted 07-21-2015 01:02 PM

Im a glutton for punishment with a side order of Neanderthal so it was done a chisel and a router plane. If I did it again, id go with a corded router and an upcut spiral bit.

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#8 posted 07-21-2015 01:11 PM

Haha, oh man- that sounds pretty laborious to say the least! But good thinking for sure on the router. Thanks a ton for your help and ideas!

-- -Chris

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