Modern plant shelf

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Project by james3one posted 07-11-2012 12:05 PM 2953 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was for a very nice client who kept 5 or 6 orchids next to the tub. I got the idea of having a low shelf to keep the plants away from the window treatment and based the design around the shape of the tub. The clients tastes leaned towards the modern. So this is the design I came up with. Function first, then design. Kept almost exactly to the original dimensions, drawn in Sketchup.

I used a cabinet grade plywood to keep movement to a minimum in what I’m sure is a moist environment. I laminated the 3/4” ply to make the legs a good 1 1/2” thick, using a polyurethane glue. I joined the legs to the shelf with drywall and pocket screws. Cut the legs out with a scroll saw(looking forward to getting a bandsaw) and fine tuned the shape with block plane, rasp and sand paper. Face board and sides were mitered, glued and set with brads. This was a fairly simple design that required a strict attention to detail.

Was very annoyed at how fragile the outer veneer was, and had to score each cut with a blade first.

The shelf is off to the painter for a faux finish.

-- James, Tulsa OK,

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-11-2012 12:13 PM

Nice job on that stand. I’m sure the customer will like it!!...............Jim

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

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#2 posted 07-11-2012 12:16 PM

Great job!! Like the design. Would like to see pictures with the finish on it.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Damien Pollet

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#3 posted 07-11-2012 12:18 PM

I like the leg design, and the thick slab proportions of the shelf!

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#4 posted 07-11-2012 12:35 PM

I love it; the way the legs are designed is cool. I think it gives it an Asian flair.

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#5 posted 07-11-2012 01:39 PM

Nice. I like things that are different.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#6 posted 07-11-2012 03:39 PM

Great job on this I like the lines.

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

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#7 posted 07-11-2012 10:24 PM

I would like to see the finished project as well : )

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#8 posted 07-12-2012 03:51 AM

I’ll post pics when its finished. Got a nice hug from the client. Think that was the best compliment.

-- James, Tulsa OK,

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#9 posted 07-12-2012 11:09 AM

Interesting design! I’m with you about the “functionality first, design second” :)



-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#10 posted 07-13-2012 06:51 PM

No offense meant, but that is more contemporary than modern (it does carry a little of a modern line though).

Either way, nice build and good job. If the client liked it, that’s all that really matters (well, besides getting paid).

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#11 posted 07-16-2012 12:08 PM

Not sure if its contemporary or post modern with a classic twist owning to the Eastern pull of the supportive under structure while simultaneously creating a clearly Modern tone with the floating, Frank Lloyd Wright inspired, ledge, allowing for a Tableau Vivant once adorned with the menagerie of orchids.

Mostly I just put things in to Modern and Not Modern categories.

-- James, Tulsa OK,

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#12 posted 07-16-2012 02:42 PM

James, excellent response. :-)

I have a few categories myself: Modern, Danish/Scan, Contemporary, Stuff that looks like the previous three combined, and Other stuff that isn’t any of those.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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