Walnut and curly maple shelf

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Project by geis posted 04-22-2012 08:44 PM 2997 views 11 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son needed a small shelf to hold books and toys above his desk. After a recent purchase of walnut and a few other species, I wanted to try my hand at a project using the walnut. I originally thought about going with poplar for the shelves, but had some curly maple left over from when I built my work bench and realized it would compliment the walnut and really pop with a nice finish.

I finished the project with an application of boiled linseed oil and several coats of shellac.

This is my first time using shellac; I’m pretty happy with the result. It’s pretty forgiving and allows the character of the wood to come through.

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#1 posted 04-23-2012 12:52 AM

You did a fine job on this. I like the compliments of the 2 woods and the unique design of the shelf itself.

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#2 posted 04-23-2012 12:56 AM

Nice clean lines and design. Well done.

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#3 posted 04-23-2012 11:26 AM

A super simple but great proportional design. You’ve got a good eye. I love shellac too.

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#4 posted 04-23-2012 11:47 PM

Thanks much for the compliments.

This project changed shape on me a few times after I had the main pieces milled. I was originally intending to have the support pieces with the thicker section on the bottom, and the top/bottom edges 90 degrees to the wall. After laying the project out on my assembly table, I liked the look of this layout much better. I’m pretty happy with the result now that it’s finished, mounted, and put to work.

Thanks for checking it out.

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