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Floating Walnut shelves for a buddy’s wife.

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Floating Walnut shelves for a buddy’s wife.
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My buddy’s wife wanted floating shelves of walnut to match the floors in her kitchen. Had to use up some 5/4 stock but I guess that’s what it’s there for :)

I didn’t want to deal with expansion so I cut of the excess length and bookmatched the end grain.

Made a little jig to drill for the brackets.

Made another to routerize the mortise.

Showed her some finish samples.

She went with BLO, amber shellac, and whatever urethane I had in the shop. Spar I think. JPW and 4/O steel wool to knock it back to a satin and done.

Love the first coat of oil :)

I put a 6-32×1/4” set screw under each bracket to prevent racking and pullout. Worked great. Glued some strips in after installation to cover the bracket. Forgot clamps. Books will do.

Done.

Came out ok. Would’ve been better if the wind didn’t blow them over and let them smack the ground but I’ll tale what I can get. Think I’m going to invest in a LA smoother for endgrain after this one. Smoothing a bunch of endgrain with a 60-1/2 kills the hand.

Thanks for looking. May the force be with you.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.





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ADN

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#1 posted 06-29-2018 01:04 AM

Very nicely done, love the grain….

-- mos maiorum

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TheFridge

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#2 posted 06-29-2018 01:52 AM

Hey Andy, hope you are well bud.

Thanks man.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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ADN

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#3 posted 06-29-2018 04:41 AM

Thanks much, had a rough start to the year, which included some back surgery, but doing better now, and working in the shop again….

BTW on the LA smoothing plane, especially considering end grain, I just picked an HNT Gordon 55 Try plane, and it’s fantastic on tough grain and end grain because it’s bedded at 55 deg, but has a tote, like a Stanley.

Flip the blade and it’s a scraper! He makes them in a Jack and a smoother also…..plus do a YouTube search for HNT Gordon and watch his video on LA bevel discussion, it’s worth your time even if your not interested in his planes.

Regards,
Andy

-- mos maiorum

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Rich

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#4 posted 06-29-2018 05:12 AM

Very nice work. I love that grain. I think it’s time to do a little routerizing myself.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Diggerjacks

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#5 posted 06-29-2018 08:02 AM

Hello The fridge

Very nice work

Nice grain

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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TheFridge

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#6 posted 06-29-2018 12:15 PM

Thanks guys

Good to hear Andy. Will have to check those out.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#7 posted 06-29-2018 02:57 PM

Good stuff Fridge. Love some nice Walnut!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 06-29-2018 03:25 PM

Nice work Fridgey-pants!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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TheFridge

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#9 posted 06-29-2018 03:28 PM

Oh you guys… I am ashamed I wasn’t able to talk her into alder…

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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oldrivers

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#10 posted 06-29-2018 04:08 PM

Very nice, love the Walnut.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#11 posted 06-29-2018 06:52 PM

You did a very nice job on these shelves. Congratulations!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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TheFridge

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#12 posted 06-29-2018 08:37 PM

Thanks :) I appreciate the appreciation

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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