A pair of Weekend Wall Shelves (based on plans by the Wood Whisperer)

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Project by Chuck posted 11-10-2011 04:49 PM 5718 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed a set of two “Weekend Wall Shelves” based on Marc’s podcast – one for each of my boys. The original plan was to make them both entirely out of birch. I had enough birch for the shelves (and then some) plus one piece of 8/4 just long and wide enough to make the two backs.
The project took a couple of weekends (but I was also working on other things… I think if I did it again, I could complete them in one weekend if I focused on them). I had a problem routing the dadoes on the second set of shelves (I wasn’t careful enough) and destroyed the router bit and took chunks out of the back. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough birch to make another back.
I talked to my youngest son, and we chose a piece of sapele to make the back to his shelves out of. I think the contrasting wood looks pretty good, but so does the first one as well. The second picture was taken with my iPhone, so excuse the crappy quality (yes, I have an old iPhone still – I’m sure the newer ones will take better pictures)
Lessons learned:
- Take the time to make the proper dado jig. I based mine on the one that Marc built (after I destroyed the second back).
- This was my first time spraying the finish on – I think it was great. I used a water-based pre-cat varnish and it worked great. I could do two or three coats in a single evening. I think I had the spray gun was set to spary too thick – on the next project I will try a lighter coat.
- The sapele is a lot softer than the birch. So be careful when setting the shelves down on the floor to look at – if the dog knocks it over, it the radiator will leave a dent in the sapele.

-- Chuck, Preston CT,

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#1 posted 11-10-2011 05:35 PM

Nice job Chuck. I just watched this pod-cast a week ago. Yours turned out very nice.
I always have been an advocate of keeping my woodworking projects far away from dogs and radiators but thanks for the reminder anyway.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 11-10-2011 06:47 PM

Very cool. Nice clean lines. Can you provide a link for the podcast please?

-- Measure Twice, Cut Once

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#3 posted 11-10-2011 07:25 PM

Here is the link to his podcast.

-- Chuck, Preston CT,

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#4 posted 11-11-2011 05:55 AM

I like it. These would do well for my sons die cast cars. Thanks

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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#5 posted 11-11-2011 08:34 PM

Hello Chuck

Nice design and nice work

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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