Knockdown wall shelf

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Project by AaronK posted 11-21-2010 09:20 PM 3699 views 11 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was inspired by fellow LJ’s project which was in turn inspired by Matt Downer's beautiful work. It’s made from the last bit of cherry I got from a local sawyer, some kentucky walnut I got on ebay, and some reclaimed mahogany for the pegs.

This was my first time doing something like this – knockdown, completely exposed joinery, and through mortises/pegged tenons – but it was pretty easy. aside from finishing, the whole thing was done in 2 days flat. probably because there was nothing to glue up! consequently, it was very fun. Dados and notches were cut using with a dado blade. curved members were cut on the band saw, trimmed with spokeshaves, and sanded smooth. boards were planed smooth by hand. Mortises were cut on the drill press (working from both sides) and squared using chisels. The finish is a couple very thin coats of BLO/poly wiping varnish. It will be followed by a rubbing in of paste wax. it is held to the wall using mortised/recessed in metal hangers in the back. Finally, it’ll be a gift to my friend’s dad who is a great guy and woodworker in his own right – hope he likes it.

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#1 posted 11-22-2010 12:47 AM

Very nicely done Aaron. It looks like it was a fun quick project to do. The exposed joinery looks beautiful by the way.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#2 posted 11-22-2010 12:49 AM

Aaron that looks great! I like the refinement you developed with hiding the wall fasteners too. I certain your friends Dad will be very pleased.


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#3 posted 11-22-2010 12:55 AM

Looks good.

-- Gary, Florida

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#4 posted 11-22-2010 02:29 AM

cool shelf Aaron. I like the flow of lines! the knock-down aspect of it is a cool idea and gives it a little more “spice”

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 11-22-2010 03:51 PM

thanks for the complements, folks. For those who haven’t, you should check out Matt Downer’s work – it’s phenomenal and I hope one day to be able to do the sorts of things he does in terms of design and execution.

That said, I really like the way John took the concept of Downer’s knockdown shelf and improved it. Downer’s is certainly nice, but the design seems whimsical, for lack of a better term – the pieces are cut with complementary but different patterns. I like how john’s design is more composed, with all the pieces sharing similar elements. I particularly like the pegs… mine didn’t turn out as well. I think the thinner pegs work better too – with mine, if i wedge them in too forcefully, the shelves start to pull out in the front! good thing is that they dont need a lot of force to hold very strongly.

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#6 posted 11-22-2010 06:27 PM

Great job Aaron.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#7 posted 05-30-2011 06:09 AM

Very interesting shelf, it’s beautiful

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" -

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#8 posted 01-13-2012 12:04 AM

great work

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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