Shaker Inspired Wall Shelf

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Project by TDog posted 08-30-2012 10:02 PM 2389 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this Shaker Style wall shelf from article plans from a while back in one of the Woodworking magazines in regular circulation. It looked a lot more country in the original article and was made out of pine. I built this one from mostly oak I had left over after building a 6 foot bookshelf from my home office which has been overflowing with books for the last two years…see below signature for explanation, anyway. Well, this piece actually turned out quite nice looking and of course practical in my eyes. It has a more pronounced design and stronger lines all the way around. I had to improvise the way I mounted it on the wall as I have somewhat of a “failaphobia” with wall mounted objects as in I do not want anything falling of the wall and crashing down on my 5 year old boy who loves to hang on things with now idea what is waiting to crack his head from up above when wood, glued, nails, and screws do actually give way. Plus, I admit I test a piece of furniture over time by default by cramming so much onto it in a pinch. It is constructed of 3/4 oak plywood and solid oak boards for mostly trim. There may be some pine in it but I think not. I built it years ago. I just now cleaned it off for pictures today.

It is built with brass screw construction and some dados and rabbets. I used what was I had on hand at the time. Even the Coat pegs are currently long brass screws. Hey, they haven’t failed in over say three years. It has held coats, swim bags, pet trimming supplies, charcoal and grilling tools and lighter fluid bottles, hence the height. Several knifes, hammers, nail boxes, matches, anything unfortunately except what the nice home and garden type magazines show: the couple figurines and and some fake flowers. No paint yet, probably coastal blue or milk paint dark green if that’s possible. Hey, it was fun to build, and we actually use it every day. Many nice heavy coats have yet to walk off from this shelf and pegs (screw system) as I always know where they are during rain, storms, snow now and then, and 20 degree weather once in a while down here. Easy access is the best. Well that’s it. A regular but original furniture piece to store things from an everyday life.

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All comments and suggestions are welcome as I love woodworking and thank God in Heaven seriously for the continued use of my arms, legs, and fingers and such. Things can always be worse…

DISCLAIMER: Pardon the grainy photos if you zoom the pictures…my poor excuse…you guessed it…a down economy…LOL


-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#1 posted 09-04-2012 10:47 AM

Looks like a strong functional shelf.

For hanging things I STRONGLY recommend a French cleet. Very strong and easy to make and mount. Do a google search, or look in lots of woodworking magazines and shows.

This headboard of mine is hung with a single French Cleet. It is solid Maple weighting close 100lbs

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#2 posted 09-22-2012 04:38 AM


Now a debate I’m want to start…

dove tailed corners or dadoed?

It seems that in the long run, the dovetails I cut for my tool chest
came with much less fuss and less assembly time than the cranky dadoes I cut with my router for
the six board chest in my projects section

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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