Anna Mae Shelf

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Project by Doug McPherson posted 11-30-2011 08:51 PM 3023 views 36 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This shelf was made specifically for my late Grandmother’s glass collection, and it now lives on my bedroom wall. As I picked up the walnut board that would become this shelf, I could see pattern in the grain lines with resemblances to a fish shape, so I used the outline as my design guide.
The shelves are “floating”, meaning they sit snugly within cut dado slots, but they are not glued or secured with screws. Each one can be removed and moved left or right to create your own desired look. The main vertical spine is secured to the wall by two simple screws that hide themselves inside the dado slots, so no hardware can be seen.

-- DullChiselDoug,

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#1 posted 11-30-2011 09:39 PM

Very impressive… Love the floating shelves that can be adjusted… neat idea…

-- Be safe.

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#2 posted 11-30-2011 09:45 PM

I really like these shelves. I’ve never seen any like it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 11-30-2011 10:16 PM

I really like the flow of the piece. I love it when a piece of wood speaks to you and tells you what it wants to be made into.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#4 posted 11-30-2011 11:07 PM

Beautiful. Nice tribute to your grandmother!!!!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 12-01-2011 12:01 AM

Very nice design.

This is a beautiful piece.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 12-01-2011 12:20 AM

Very unique.
Great idea with the adjustable shelf.
What thickness of stock did you use for this?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#7 posted 12-01-2011 04:31 AM

Grandma had good taste. So do you…......

-- mike...............

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#8 posted 12-01-2011 05:57 AM

Very cool design.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 12-01-2011 08:57 AM

Love the design! Very simple yet elegant!

-- helen

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#10 posted 12-01-2011 01:40 PM

I really like this as well! What great flow it has. Very well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Doug McPherson

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#11 posted 12-01-2011 03:34 PM

Thanks everyone. Grandma was the best. I’m glad to know that others appreciate the shelf made in her honor.

SASmith- The main vertical spine is roughly 5/4 (1 1/2”) and the shelves are roughly 3/4.

-- DullChiselDoug,

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#12 posted 12-01-2011 04:15 PM

This is a really great idea. I like how the hardware to hang it is hidden and am also impressed that a simple dado (as opposed to a sliding dovetail joint) holds the shelves in place.

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#13 posted 12-01-2011 04:29 PM

The design of your shelf really is perfect for the glass collection. Your artistic use of wood grain and shape makes this floating shelf a thing of beauty!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#14 posted 12-01-2011 08:35 PM

Doug McPherson, Thanks for the stock size. I will be on the lookout for a unique “spine”.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#15 posted 12-01-2011 09:07 PM

I’m not sure if it’s the shelf that compliments the glass or the glass that compliments the shelf but the two of them sure work exquisitly together. Very well done.
The way wood expands and contracts, I could never trust not having the shelves secured somehow. Just way too risky supporting glass and the potential consequences if one doesn’t hold.

-- "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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