Replacement Shelf

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 02-23-2015 05:51 AM 2666 views 5 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a replacement for a painted particle board shelf that we had in our kitchen for the past 2 year. I got tired of looking at open grain of particleboard and started this one out of two pieces of very warped and cracked pistachio wood from the scrap pile at Dead Tree Salvage. I added gussets of the skeleton of cholla cactus. I tried to cut the sap wood to follow the heartwood in these 2 pieces the best I could. It is a 5×18 shelf and is finished with clear satin spray lacquer.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 02-23-2015 06:06 AM

COOL stuff!

Do you just screw it to the wall? ... It’s wide enough to span 2 studs… screw into them?

Very nice grain…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 02-23-2015 07:31 AM

Absolutely gorgeous Jim.
Just gotta love that wood. It sure beats particle board.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 02-23-2015 09:27 AM

Nice. I like the cactus part too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 02-23-2015 10:51 AM

sweet looking shelf, nice save

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#5 posted 02-23-2015 11:02 AM

Jim- perhaps a small upgrade from the particle board…lol that looks really cool. The catus accent is a nice touch…looks plum desert-y. Nice work as always.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#6 posted 02-23-2015 01:22 PM

great looking piece. a job well done

-- Joe, Ga

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#7 posted 02-23-2015 01:23 PM

I like those nature end projects very much – this one is very beautiful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 02-23-2015 01:39 PM

my wife love it! now i am in trouble.

beautiful work!

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#9 posted 02-23-2015 02:20 PM

nice looking wood

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#10 posted 02-23-2015 02:33 PM

Simply beautiful Jim. I’m stealing this for our trailer. I may have to substitute the cactus with Banksia pods.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 02-23-2015 02:38 PM

This is super cool. Very exotic and whimsical, and beautiful all in one. My wifee really likes this one also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#12 posted 02-23-2015 04:00 PM

Absolutely beautiful Jim. Great work!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 02-23-2015 04:03 PM

good one Jim- love the cholla- have luckily found some bits in the desert nearby- cleans up well and sure is unique eh?

-- phil, nevada

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#14 posted 02-23-2015 04:57 PM

Jim…that is awesome…. I really like it but... you are banned from Lumberjocks for the next 5 minutes for having particle board in your house…

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#15 posted 02-23-2015 04:58 PM

You are not really banned for the next 5 minutes…

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