Live Edge Walnut Floating Shelf

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Project by Lemongrasspicker posted 04-12-2017 02:23 PM 2489 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was something that I hadn’t ever tried before so when a friend asked me to make one for his home I jumped at the chance to make it happen.

This isn’t one of those “OMG” projects but it was alot of fun for me to do something different than my usual toolmaking/luthiery stuff.

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The walnut was a cutoff from a larger slab (MUCH larger) and it had the perfect taper, color, and figure for what he was looking to do. I really wanted to take my time with it and make sure that it was as polished as I could manage using my methods.

There’s nothing too insane with this project, the slab was not very heavy so I didn’t have any issue just using the little 5 1/2” wall mounts with it.

It was really fun cutting the mounting holes by hand, the Stanley 59 doweling jig came in quite handy for this task, just set the depth measurement and go for it! Awesome little jig.

One of the things I did with this project was to put a VERY slight arch on the underside, this makes the shelf look flatter and straighter to the human eye when you look at it on the wall. Not sure why that is, but it worked out pretty well in this case.

I did no sanding whatsoever on this project, everything you see was done with an axe, a #4, my big noko-giri, a few scrapers, and my wooden smoother. The planing seemed to bring out the grain/figure better so I just set the smoother to take feather like cuts and worked slowly with the grain to make it pop. I’m pleased with the results.

Once the finish was on the slab the figure really came to life, I was very pleased with this as I was worried it was just going to be a plain-jane piece of walnut, I was definitely wrong in that regard and I’m glad that I was.

This project took about 4 weeks to complete, not because I wanted to do it slowly but because I only have 1 day off a week to do any woodworking projects so this one had to be done one day at a time each week. It’s fun being employed full time and doing this stuff.

Pretty fun project, thanks for letting me share it with ya’ll!



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#1 posted 04-12-2017 02:57 PM

nice walnut

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#2 posted 04-12-2017 03:17 PM

Looks great on the wall. Nice little video. Your use of hand tools whenever possible is of interest.

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#3 posted 04-13-2017 02:09 PM

Pardon an old man’s lack of familiarity but what What are those wall mounts called and where can they be found ? Very nice shelf . The look is very clean and pleasing to the eye….goodon’ya…. DonS. Havana Fl.

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#4 posted 04-13-2017 04:27 PM

Nice and clean. Very nice.


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#5 posted 04-13-2017 06:23 PM

Nice shelf. porchfish, I just use 1/2” steel rods when mounting shelves like this. Drill into the stud about 3” and about 4-5” into the shelf. I’m not a hand tool guy so I use a laser to get the mounting rods level.

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#6 posted 04-14-2017 02:02 PM

Pardon an old man s lack of familiarity but what What are those wall mounts called and where can they be found ? Very nice shelf . The look is very clean and pleasing to the eye….goodon ya…. DonS. Havana Fl.

- Porchfish

thanks Don. Like papadan does I used the little blind shelf mounts you can get from places like Rockler.

Thanks for the compliments gentlemen!


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