Buddha Shelves

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Project by Matt Hegedus posted 04-01-2016 07:48 PM 2337 views 8 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this project in a woodworking book I got from the library. Original designer was Dave Munkittrick.

I used bridal joints to marry the supports and shelves. Reinforced with screws from the backside. These shelves are VERY sturdy.

If you look closely you’ll notice one support is darker than the other. This is because I cut the tapers on the left support upside down, and had to mill a new piece. It was actually from the same board, hidden deep inside the same tree. I love cherry!

The best part is these will get better with age… the other wood will darken up and they’ll look more uniform.

Finished with 3 coats of thinned amber shellac. Thanks for looking!

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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#1 posted 04-01-2016 07:56 PM

Very nice.

I’m sure the lighter cherry will be as dark as the other support in a couple of years. Cherry does that.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#2 posted 04-02-2016 02:18 PM

Beautiful, elegant. I like it. Good job.

-- Rob

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Matt Hegedus

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#3 posted 04-02-2016 07:55 PM

Thanks Rich and Rob! I learned a lot from this project. Mostly: Don’t screw up. Haha.

And also: Open the throat on your hand plane if you want to taper your edges faster!

.001 inch shavings will take about 250 passes per quarter inch removed. (I did one whole shelf both sides with this setting!)

.005 inch shavings took about 50 passes to get where I was going. That’s leverage!

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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#4 posted 04-18-2017 07:33 PM

The proportions and colours of these shelves are fantastic. I like the design of this a lot :)

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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