Floating Shelves for the Man Cave

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Project by CBoone posted 04-21-2015 08:15 PM 2740 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To complement my last project, a walnut plaque for a Euro Mount. I wanted to add some floating shelves behind the bar in my Man Cave. Just as I did with the plaque, I used walnut. The shelves are about 20” long and about 6” deep. I used my router to cut a 1/2” rabbet on the inside of the fronts and sides of the shelves so that the top would sit flush. I beveled the corners at 45 degrees so there is no end grain showing. I then glued up the joints and the top. I used my ROS to sand from 80 grit, all the way to 400 grit, added some Danish oil, and a couple coats of satin poly. To hang the shelves, I just used some scrap wood to build a frame for the shelves to fit on and secured the frame to the wall. I then applied some glue to the tops of the frames and sat the shelves on top. As you can see in the picture, I had to bring in an expert to check the sturdiness of the shelves. She approved, and that little smirk on her face is definitely because she knows that in a matter of months, Daddy’s “man cave” will become a playroom, with all kinds of pink toys and stuffed animals. I guess that’s ok as long as she still lets me hang out there every now and then.

-- Casey, Houston, TX

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#1 posted 04-21-2015 11:32 PM

No on is allowed in my Man Cave with out my permission!!! Then you pay your respect to the President!!! I have a poster of Ronald Reagan, the greatest president of my life time. You leave the Man cave when I tell you, no complaints!!!!! There are only 2 chairs in the Man Cave, My big overstuffed leather Man Chair and a chair at the reloading bench. Guess you can tell how many people are welcome in My Man Cave! Me!!!!

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#2 posted 04-21-2015 11:52 PM

Great looking man cave shelves! And you’re off to a good start with your whisky collection!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 04-22-2015 12:50 AM

+1 Dean. not sure what is nicer, the shelves or what sits on them (both the whiskey and the daughter).

Up until this last summer, I had a bar in my basement…. now its a playroom for my daughters (ages 3 & 1). I feel ya buddy- good luck!

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

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#4 posted 04-22-2015 04:00 PM

Thanks for the comments! Trying to hang on to the man cave as long as possible, but I’m sure it wont be long before I find a princess crown or something like that on that euro mount…I can live with that as long as she stays out of the whiskey.

-- Casey, Houston, TX

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#5 posted 04-22-2015 04:00 PM

Dig the shelves and the mount. Be advised, once creatures of that type colonize a space, they are enormously difficult to displace. Pink polar fleece will give way to princess and/or fairy paraphernalia, and then craft supplies and attending locust-like devastation. On the upside, if allowed to fully colonize sequestered space, it can tend to preserve other sites such as parental bedroom and living room from the stuffed animal and shredded paper storm. One can relocate adult refreshments and comfortable sitting surfaces as necessary. Note: periodically she will confer upon you that same look, and you will be compelled to acquire things for her. Later, she will leave to be more frequently or entirely with others of her kind, and in the ensuing silence and order, you will wonder: why did I ever want a man cave?

-- Caleone, Sammamish, WA

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#6 posted 04-22-2015 06:11 PM

Haha, thanks for the advice Caleone

-- Casey, Houston, TX

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