Modern shelves with a rustic twist

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Project by LoganN posted 10-09-2015 03:58 AM 1857 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a set of twin shelves made of spalted maple and walnut. Each set of shelves are cut from the same board, so the grain moves from one shelf to the next. The second picture shows this to some degree. Each of the shelf supports is cut from one 8 inch walnut board and the shelves are supported by dadoes and the overhang of the shelf on the supports and cherry dowels. The base of each has a cabinet with bookmatched doors that are 1/2 inch thick and supported with walnut along the back edge of the door.
Finished with MANY coats of Minwax wipe-on poly and my own make-up of wipe-on since theirs wasn’t cutting it.

I wish the pictures had turned out better, but i just don’t have the space or light to get the best colors

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#1 posted 10-09-2015 04:57 AM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 10-09-2015 05:39 AM

Incredible piece of furniture. Wood combination itself is a great choice. I like those natural, live edges. You made excellent dovel joints between maple boards and walnut columns.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 10-09-2015 06:19 AM

Hoooweee! I love that spalted wood!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#4 posted 10-09-2015 10:01 AM

Always an A+ job my friend

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#5 posted 10-09-2015 12:40 PM

As always, great job. Love the live edge on the shelves.

-- John Gray

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#6 posted 10-09-2015 01:31 PM

Incredible. What did you make the actual cabinet and backer out of?

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#7 posted 10-09-2015 03:51 PM

Wow! What a great piece of furniture.
The colors are fantastic.
Congratulations on a job well done.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#8 posted 10-09-2015 04:34 PM

You did a nice job on these. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 10-09-2015 06:01 PM

Thanks guys! I appreciate the compliments! I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I just realized that I didn’t take a picture of the back, so I’m going to take a picture and place that in the comments later because you can really see the dadoes and overhang

Phillip – the cabinet is made of maple ply that had some great character and walnut boards

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#10 posted 10-09-2015 07:07 PM

I cant wait. I have a ton of longer narrow shelf size slabs of spalted cottonwood that would look great like this.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#11 posted 10-09-2015 09:37 PM

Incredible grain & great original design. You topped it off with a great build.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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