Floating Shelves

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Project by cjwelch posted 02-21-2015 01:53 AM 1855 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Although this is by no means a spectacular show of woodworking, I though some might be interested in how to do these types of shelves.

I used 1/2” by 10” lag screws driven into the studs to support the project. Once driven in, I cut off the heads of the bolts. I drilled holes in the board that matched the lag screws in the studs to mount the shelf. It was fairly easy to slip the shelf over the lag screws, but it did require some slight readjusting on one of the shelves. The only thing holding them on the screws is friction. You would really have to be trying hard to get these things off so there was no need for glue.

The wood is approximately 100 year old 2” x 10” floor joists reclaimed from a building that were stripped out after a fire in downtown Birmingham, AL. Only treatment was cutting them down to size.

Does anyone else have some experience with floating shelves like these?

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#1 posted 02-21-2015 12:35 PM

Nice looking shelves. I actually just replaced some wire shelves in our laundry area with the same thing. I used these plans for my project:

I used Oak barn board that I had then planed it down to remove some of the weight.

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#2 posted 02-22-2015 12:31 AM

I needed some shelf space for my ever growing Band Saw Boxs. I used the natural edge on a 4/4 of Beetle Kill Pine from Monte. I drilled and glued in 1/2” hardwood dowels in about 3” deep in the wall side of the shelf at 16” centers. Then I located the studs in the wall and drilled a 1/2” hole into the stud for about 3”. I \drilled at a slight angle up to level the shelf when it has some weight on it. I have about 7-8 of these shelves throughout the house. They work fine if the studs are on the right centers in the walls.

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