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Floating barnwood shelves for my office

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Project by bugradx2 posted 04-03-2020 09:28 PM 436 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the benefits of working from home is the ability to decorate your office however you like.

I bought these and a couple other pieces a while back. After pressure washing an untold number of years of “dirt” off them I left them to hang out and acclimate to the house. Once I got them cleaned off I was able to see the saw marks from when they were cut off and had to figure out a way to keep that. What I settled on was squaring up 3 sides of each shelf and leaving the 4th side alone to show some of the marks and nail holes.

I really wanted these to be floating shelves so I had a little more setup work to do. I used some painters tape at each install location in the office, leveled it off on my wall and then scribed where all my wall studs were at to give me exact reference points. I put the painters tape on to each shelf as a story stick/tape and used it to mark where I needed to drill holes to mount into the wall studs. I knew what size bolt was going to mount into the stud so I used a bit that was slightly to drill holes for the studs to let them move over time if they need to. I also drilled some 7/8” holes for dowels with a fortsner bit and then sliced 1.5 inches off from that side. Once I had this small piece off I used the “inside” edge of that small one and hit the holes for the wall studs with another forstner bit so I would have an offset for the heads of mounting bolts to bury them in the shelf when it was back together. For some dumb reason I never took photos of that part of the process? I glued in the dowels on the big pieces and then put a few coats of Arm R Seal on everything, including the unfinished edge.

After the finish set I put the shelves together and drilled a couple small countersunk holes from the top of the shelf into the dowels so I could use small screws to hold the shelf together. The screws are on the top side of the shelf so they’re not visible unless you’re pretty tall and really looking for them.

I drafted my wife to help me find the marks I left on the wall where each shelf was supposed to start and then sank bolts through the holes in the small pieces into the wall studs to hold everything up. After that I put the larger portion of the shelf on and used the little screws to lock them together. I’ve been pretty happy with them so far. We’ll see how they stay decorated in the long run. I need to get a couple other things up on the wall now that the shelves are up to finish out the look.

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 04-04-2020 03:55 PM

Real nice shelves. I like the design !

Jim

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

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#2 posted 04-05-2020 01:03 PM

Very nice, modern and rustic.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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bugradx2

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#3 posted 04-08-2020 04:53 PM

Thanks!


Real nice shelves. I like the design !

Jim

- Jim Jakosh


-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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bugradx2

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#4 posted 04-08-2020 04:53 PM

Thank you!


Very nice, modern and rustic.

- JimYoung


-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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