My Round Shelf Unit, an Etagere

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Project by Bernspen posted 07-08-2018 02:10 PM 1260 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Shelves are easy, hoops, not so much.

I think this is technically an etagere, but my daughter makes fun of me every time I try to pronounce that, so I’m just calling this my round shelf.

It’s red oak throughout. The hoops are laminated strips, with a total diameter of 65 inches or so. The shelves are half inch, because I was worried about the weight of 3/4. 3/8’s dowel rods support the shelves, which have a small extra piece glued to the ends to keep the hoops from settling down too far. The bottom shelf is very much fixed, and is 8/4 to act as ballast.

If you try to copy this, don’t use a center hoop, make the two outer hoops wider and thicker. I added the center hoop to keep the outer two hoops from being too “bouncy,” but mostly the center hoop just made final assembly a pain. Make sure you have lots of clamps, and maybe shoot for a smaller diameter!

-- We have met the enemy, and he is us.

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#1 posted 07-08-2018 03:35 PM

Very creative and unusual design for a shelf. Even has a unique name! Sounds like it was challenging, but the end product looks great.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 07-08-2018 03:41 PM

That is very unique and attractive. However you done make it sound like a lot of fun to build. You did an amazing job.

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#3 posted 07-08-2018 03:54 PM

That is one COOL looking shelf set-up. Great job !!!

-- MEL, Kansas

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#4 posted 07-08-2018 04:07 PM

Very neat design, nice work.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 07-08-2018 04:25 PM

High points for originality, I think. I’ve never seen a round etagere anyhow. Looks great, makes an everyday shelf unit look classy, Nice work.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 07-08-2018 05:16 PM

Beautiful design. The three hoops really makes the design stand out.

If it’s a little unstable, a bracket getting a little help from the wall would be no crime.

-- Cheers -- g

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#7 posted 07-08-2018 06:41 PM

This piece has a very creative design and you did a fine job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 07-08-2018 11:04 PM

That is a very creative and unique piece, I’m positive you will amaze people who see it in person. A difficult build and you did a great job on it!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#9 posted 07-09-2018 06:28 AM

Doubling back to say Congrats on your 3.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 07-09-2018 06:38 AM

Pretty cool idea and very well executed!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 07-09-2018 04:45 PM

a well earned top 3.that is cool as cool gets.if i did make one even though it made it harder id still go with 3 hoops,i think it looks better that way.what did you use for a form or jig to laminate them?beautiful work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#12 posted 07-09-2018 05:23 PM

Thanks to everyone for the kind words.

Ah, the form.

I took two 4 by 8 sheets, one of melamine, one of mdf. Melamine because glue doesn’t stick to it. Cut 2 one by four pieces off the ends, turn them 90 degrees, and attach one to the top an one to the bottom of the 4 by 6 remainder. You’ll have a 6 by 6 piece with a square foot missing from each corner.

Find the centers, and with a router on a long trammel, make a giant circle out of the melamine. Do the same thing with the mdf, except decrease the radius by a couple of inches. Line up the two center holes. Attach the two sheets to each other, near the outer edge of the mdf. Decrease the radius another 2 or 3 inches, and route another circle, only in the mdf, and remove the center piece of mdf.

You should have a two or three inch wide circle of mdf, concentric with the outer piece of melamine. The laminating strips use the outer edge of the mdf, down against the melamine, and the inner edge of the mdf is so the clamps can have a place to grab.

If that doesn’t make sense, ask. I’ve got the form buried under a bunch of plywood, and can’t get you a picture without cleaning out my garage.

-- We have met the enemy, and he is us.

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