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Project by Gary posted 02-14-2011 01:27 AM 1538 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting to replace a cheap (department store furniture) shelf that is not very sturdy and has been in our livingroom for awhile. When I got started, I decided to make 2 identical ones, I am glad I did. Again I have to match the rest of our furniture as best I could. They are made of 3/4” birch ply, some poplar, and some 2×4’s because I knew I would be staining these really dark.

-- Addition by subtraction

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 01:29 AM

very nice work

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 01:43 AM

Hi Gary nice work!!

How was it staining the poplar and birch ply, did it match pretty close, where you happy with the result. I have thought about doing this before but was worried about the finish.


-- Mike, Florida,

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 02:52 AM

Nice looking shelves.

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#4 posted 02-14-2011 02:57 AM

Those look fantastic. Nice work.

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 03:12 AM

Mike, the staining went pretty well and I used the same process I used when staining my dvd shelf. I think it matches pretty well. The finishing part of making something is not my favorite part. Thanks for checking my photos out.

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#6 posted 02-14-2011 03:55 AM

Gary, they look great and sturdy as rock. Nice, Jack.

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#7 posted 02-14-2011 04:10 PM

They look great, nice work!!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 11-20-2019 03:36 PM

8 1/2 years later, zero problems. In hind sight I should have made them a little deeper.

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