|Forum topic by BinghamtonEd||posted 05-05-2016 03:12 PM||830 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
05-05-2016 03:12 PM
Some friends of our bought a new house recently, and they’ve asked me to make them a set of floating shelves, along with a floating desktop, to fit in an alcove in the corner of their living room. I have a small stack of 4/4 white oak with no intended purpose, that I got for $0.80/bdft, so that’s what they’re getting.
For the desktop, the dimensions will be 48” wide, 22” deep, and 1.5” thick. Since this is at desktop level, I’m planning on making a 3/4” panel with a doubled up 1.5” front edge. I thinking about lagging some 1”x1” angle iron stock to the studs on either side of the alcove , and then putting the top on that, and screwing up into the top to hold it in place. The desktop will primarily just have a PC and a printer on it. I think it’s a pretty simple design, and should hold up just fine. The weight of the desktop would be about 20 pounds.
My question is in regards to the two floating shelves. Since they’ll be visible from the top (well, at least the lower one when standing), and the bottom, I’m having trouble picking a design. The shelves will hold mostly books, so they could have some weigh on them. What do you guys and gals think about this option :
Use an approach similar to the desktop, lagging angle iron stock to the studs. Laminate the oak to a 1.5” thick, 11”x48” shelf, and route a groove that will slide over the angle iron, so you don’t see it from below. The weight of the shelf would be the same as that of the desktop (20 lbs). With the angle iron mounted to the wall like an “L”, the shelf should slide over with about 1” of shelf thickness resting on top of it, which should be plenty strong.
Here is a lousy top-view of the alcove area, with the shelf in place :
-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.