Maple quarter log shelf

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Project by Andy posted 12-18-2016 03:30 PM 2199 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Half of a maple tree got knocked down in a storm a couple years ago. This shelf is the only piece that managed to escape the wood burner. The shelf is 18” long and the top sits roughly 3” off of the wall this log was small enough to manage on my table saw so after a couple of careful cuts it was done.

The idea of this shelf came from a Steve Ramsey video and he cut a grove on the back and made a french cleat to hang it on. I didnt think this log was big enough for that after I cut the grove so I just filled it back in with bartop epoxy. The stuff you see in the epoxy is brass shavings, they were sitting there so…why not? I used keyhole fasteners spaced 16” on center to hit the wall studs instead of Ramseys way. By the way I got a coat rack from lowes and it was spaced 17” on center. At least when you do it yourself its done right. Lesson learned.

The shelf was coated twice with bartop epoxy so it looks like to me in some places the epoxy is nearly 1/8” thick. The log was cut green and sealed only a couple days later I let it crack a little on the ends then sanded it smooth and sealed it. My wife loves her now spice shelf, these are easy and not much work. They could make good Christmas gifts. See ya.

-- Andy Smith

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#1 posted 12-18-2016 04:27 PM

Outta sight! Nice going. That is a cool shelf with LOTS of natural edge!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 12-18-2016 06:15 PM

I like it!

-- Seeing is believing.

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#3 posted 12-18-2016 07:54 PM

Nice idea.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 12-19-2016 12:57 AM

Great log shelf. Easy to make and hang on wall. Doesn’t get much more rustic than that.

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

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