Modern Wall Shelf (FWW), variation #1. Fall 2020.

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Project by KevinH posted 12-17-2021 06:10 PM 674 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Fine Wood Working magazine, #284 from a year ago, had a project by Christian Becksvoort for an attractive shaker style shelf I thought would be great for my granddaughter’s collection of figurines.

I had to modify his design to accommodate (1) the 6” width limitations of my joiner, (2) the number of figurines in my granddaughter’s collection and (3) the limitations of the wall space alloted to the shelf. The joinery is a combination of lap joints with dadoes that help to restrict movement of the joints. I took my time to make the joints as snug and square as I could. Becksvoort combined two shelves with two small drawers. My granddaughter didn’t need the drawers so I left them out. Also, space constraints would not allow staggered shelves, but I added a third shelf to increase the figurine capacity.

My granddaughter helped me select some nice boards from my supply of red oak. I finished this piece unstained with Varathane Ultimate water based polyurethane (satin).

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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James E McIntyre

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#1 posted 12-17-2021 06:32 PM

I’ll bet she loves it. It was nice to have her select the lumber and have her input in the project. She’ll like it even more.

It would be nice to see the figurines on it.

-- James E McIntyre

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#2 posted 12-18-2021 03:19 AM

Looks great, I like the modifications you made to the original design! I’m in the process of making an unmodified version of the same shelf. Tell me, did you use a dado stack to cut those lap joints? Or did you use a router? I took a first pass at making the groove with a dado stack but I couldn’t make it straight enough so I’m thinking of using a router instead.

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#3 posted 12-18-2021 04:28 AM

Very cool! The interesting, mirrored symmetry/asymmetry, and the angles on the ends of the verticals are terrific. It’s a very sophisticated and pleasing design. How is it hung on the wall? Keyhole slots?

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