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Project by Pezking7p posted 06-29-2020 12:05 AM 595 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we purchased this home last year we knew we wanted built-ins around the fireplace…but we also knew that no matter what we got from a builder we wouldn’t be happy. So once I freed up a few other projects I got this started. The overall design is somewhat Japanese (shelves inspired by George Nakashima), with the shelves representing a tree where the central board is the “trunk” and the shelves themselves are the “branches”.

The cabinets are cherry ply with soft maple face frames and doors/drawers, finished with water-based tinted lacquer from Target Coatings (more on that later). The tops are also cherry plywood with a cherry live edge banding on the front.

The shelves are made from two very gnarly slabs I got from my lumber guy for $25 each. I cut them to length and screwed a piece of plywood into the back to create a straight edge that I could use for resawing. I mostly got things resawn straight, and I kept a lot of the gnarly parts of the boards in the final product to emphasize the rustic, natural feel of the live edge. The shelves are sprayed with a satin watco lacquer.

The shelves are mounted on a central “trunk” of walnut using what I guess you would call a bridle joint. The trunk itself is finished with Dark Walnut danish oil, and mounted to the wall with some extremely beefy wall anchors with the screws hidden behind the shelves.

I think this was a pretty straight forward build, with no new techniques for me except for the funny way I came up with to resaw the twisted slabs. I did try the Target Coatings lacquer, which I absolutely hated. Though the look of the final product is nice, I have to say that the target lacquer was not pleasant to spray as it constantly dirtied up my HVLP gun and was hard to clean up in small nooks/crannies. Additionally, months after spraying it is still “sticky” with other parts, so if you stack parts, you better put something between them so they don’t stick. Would not recommend.

All-in-all I am extremely pleased with this build. It brings a unique and striking focal point to our living room that’s not just the run-of-the-mill built ins.

Thanks for looking. Cheers!

-- -Dan





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#1 posted 06-29-2020 12:26 AM

Good stuff Pez, they look great. Good to know on the finish, though I hadn’t actually heard if it before anyway :D

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#2 posted 06-29-2020 01:11 AM

Great job Dan. Like the tree analogy on the shelving. Good color choice on the doors too.

Well done.

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#3 posted 06-29-2020 01:12 AM



Good stuff Pez, they look great. Good to know on the finish, though I hadn t actually heard if it before anyway :D

- Mosquito

Thanks, Mos. Target coatings are supposed to be the go-to water based sprayable finishes. I didn’t find the tinted lacquer preferable to any of the solvent based finishes I’ve sprayed.

They have other coatings, though, so maybe their other products are better?

-- -Dan

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#4 posted 06-29-2020 01:37 AM

Excellent work. I really like the combination of the live edge bases with the Nakashima shelves. A great look overall.

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#5 posted 06-29-2020 05:23 AM

Pretty darn nice! Shelves turned out not to bad:) too bad that one on the right is a little shorter?
Funny, I have a corner shelf designed for my Daughter that kinda fits your tree branch philosophy? Making it from a Live edge blank of Poplar that is in my summer Kiln drying.
Gotta ask what is that on the Boob tube, kinda expected Ask This Old House!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 06-29-2020 12:13 PM



Great job Dan. Like the tree analogy on the shelving. Good color choice on the doors too.

Well done.

- theoldfart


Excellent work. I really like the combination of the live edge bases with the Nakashima shelves. A great look overall.

- swirt


Thanks, OF and Swirt!


Pretty darn nice! Shelves turned out not to bad:) too bad that one on the right is a little shorter?
Funny, I have a corner shelf designed for my Daughter that kinda fits your tree branch philosophy? Making it from a Live edge blank of Poplar that is in my summer Kiln drying.
Gotta ask what is that on the Boob tube, kinda expected Ask This Old House!

- Andre


Thanks Andre. The shelves are all the same length, but the shelves on the right might appear slightly shorter because the opening is about 3” wider on that side (I was as shocked as anyone to discover this). Easiest to see if you look at the edges of the cabinets for comparison.

I think Mrs Pez was watching a Prime show where they gang up and kill nazis.

-- -Dan

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#7 posted 06-29-2020 03:23 PM

Very impressive.

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#8 posted 06-29-2020 04:47 PM

Nice work. I like the design.

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#9 posted 06-29-2020 05:04 PM

Looks great, pez. The color combo with the wood and painted cabinets turned out perfect.

I’m super surprised by your trouble with Target lacquer. I spray EM6000 and have found it to be such an easy finish. I wonder if the tint solids are the difference? I’ve only ever sprayed it clear or tinted with TransTint dye.

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#10 posted 06-29-2020 10:51 PM

It really looks good as does your other projects.
Al

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#11 posted 06-30-2020 12:09 AM

I like your style!

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#12 posted 06-30-2020 12:16 AM

Good stuff! The attention to detail is apparent; you’ve done very well, clearly something to be proud of every time you look at that end of the room!

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#13 posted 06-30-2020 05:59 PM

Looking good.

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#14 posted 06-30-2020 11:42 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

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#15 posted 07-01-2020 04:44 AM

You made really nice job of that Pez. I like the design and colour and the shelves will create a talking point with people wondering how they can hold weight.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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