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Shelfie- 18 feet long with soffit lighting

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Project by Marcial posted 07-13-2019 07:46 PM 541 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What made this a fun and challenging project was the size- 18ft long by 13.5 inches deep and 2 inches thick, placement (8 ft off the ground) and the need for it to be sufficiently strong to hold art books vinyl records through its length and house soffit lights. Also look presentable enough for DW. Bonus is that the rail works well as a pull-up bar.
The longer story- devil is in the detail is this blog link
https://smortegav.blogspot.com/2019/07/shelfie-18-feet-long-and-with-soffit.html





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jutsFL

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#1 posted 07-13-2019 10:11 PM

Looks great… Bet it was difficult to hang though!

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 07-14-2019 12:39 AM

That is a high impact piece, love the ladder, and bookshelves too. I’m a sucker for a pipe fit structure anyhow.

Nice work, thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Marcial

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#3 posted 07-14-2019 04:47 AM



Looks great… Bet it was difficult to hang though!

- jutsFL


It would have been completely unwieldy if installed assembled. By using Festool dominos, I was able to assemble in the shop, do all the steps needed, take apart and install one board at a time. DW helped with the first two boards. The face board with the ladder rail in place required my neighbor’s assistance; lucky me, he’s in good shape.

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Marcial

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#4 posted 07-14-2019 04:50 AM



That is a high impact piece, love the ladder, and bookshelves too. I m a sucker for a pipe fit structure anyhow.

Nice work, thanks for posting.

- therealSteveN


GW- thanks for checking in and for the + comment.

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 07-14-2019 11:37 AM

Wow what a huge shelf. That must have tooka lot of work just to get it up that high!
Nice work on it!!

cheers, Jim

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

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Marcial

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#6 posted 07-14-2019 06:19 PM



Looks great… Bet it was difficult to hang though!

- jutsFL

The last part had its moments. My neighbor was power washing with a rented machine when I asked for his help. Having attached one end with a lag bolt, we raised and lined up the rest of the board with the rail in place, used a 8 foot pipe clamp balanced on a stool to keep it raised and let him get back to his work. Well, the clamp/stool prop did not hold the plank up as securely as anticipated, the 16 inch long 1/2inch thick lag screw was considerably thicker in the non threaded part than the 10 inch lag screw I had based my pre-drilling on. The arrangement slipped and I wound up having to use the top of my skull to hold up the plank while using a ratchet wrench to screw in the bolt (not the best position to apply the needed torque. I then removed the rails as they were in the way of completely screwing in the 16 inch screws. Have to count myself lucky as my impulsiveness went relatively unpunished.

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