Kitchen shelves #1: Floating shelves

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Blog entry by BJODay posted 12-07-2016 02:01 AM 1649 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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My niece is remodeling her kitchen. She is on a tight budget. She wanted to use floating shelves instead of upper cabinets. The idea is to not have and supports visible on the finished shelf.

Her Dad did some research and found a method where metal rods are used to hold the weight. This looked like it would work but could be troublesome to line everything up with tight fitting holes.

We decided to use 3/8” threaded rod. We bolted the rods to some solid backing between the studs, (sorry no pics of the backing).

These rods will support three 45” long shelves. The top shelf will be 8” deep. The bottom two will be 12” deep. This is the easy side.

This side is tougher. The shelves wrap around an internal corner. Each shelf will be two pieces. One against each wall. The right-hand shelves will be 54” long. The left side shelves will be 33” long. I had to come up with a way to make sure the shelf faces will line up in the same plane.

Here are some of the shelves and a cross-section view. They are constructed with 1/2” baltic birch plywood with two internal 3/4” pine beams. They are heavier than I would like. We bolted one up and it seemed to hold well. We’ll see if they stand the test of time. After seeing them my brother suggested making the bottoms out of 1/4” ply. Too late for this project but it would reduce about 25% of the weight.

Here is a dry fit of the corner shelves. I glued a small block to the left-hand shelf. This will insert between the plywood faces of the right-hand shelf.

I hope to have some installed this week. I’ll post pics when they are mounted.


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#1 posted 12-07-2016 02:08 AM

slick way to join those shelves together
and i guess the hollow space in them
helps if the rods aren’t perfectly parallel
so you don’t need to drill perfect holes for them

well done

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