Ahab’s shelf

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Project by Sycamoray posted 01-17-2022 01:01 AM 691 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

…or a one-legged table. Because of my day job, I usually hate naming things and I’m not good at it.

My wonderfully patient wife identified that the stuff I like keeping by the door was taking over the kitchen counter. Since this is a high-traffic intersection, a small freestanding shelf would get bumped and knocked over frequently. And I have an irrational aversion to mounting a shelf or two to the side of the cabinet. So I grabbed some scrap wood and threw this together.

It’s unconnected to cabinet, wall, and trim by nestling between two of them, and I screwed a wedge into the underside of the counter to secure the top of the upright. Tried a few new-to-me things:

Made my share of mistakes, none of which detract from this shelf’s utility. When using tea dye be sure to heed Swirt’s warning to avoid blotching. Also, I can see that the pocket hole doodad will be useful in some cases, but isn’t likely to dominate my future techniques.

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#1 posted 01-17-2022 02:22 AM

Clever solution.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 01-17-2022 02:24 AM

Nice little shelf, and it looks like it’ll have great utility. I like that everything is braced so it should be pretty stable, in spite of standing on just one leg.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 01-17-2022 08:04 AM

That is clever. I’m going to use that somewhere soon.

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. -

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#4 posted 01-17-2022 02:43 PM

Great use of space!

-- Mac - Mountain, WI

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#5 posted 01-17-2022 10:40 PM

Nice shelves. Love the application. I see opportunities.

-- Dan, TN

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