Sharkdog shelf

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Project by DoctorJ posted 01-18-2014 10:05 PM 1266 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Last year my son’s loyal companion German Shepherd, Xanja, died. He lovingly referred to her as “sharkdog” since she’d come up to him sometimes when he was sitting at the table and all that showed was her ears, looking like shark fins. He even named his small consulting company Sharkdog Enterprises.

In October our local woodworking group (Colorado Woodworking Guild) held an auction to raise program funds. Among the items auctioned was a stack of walnut boards from a local supplier who specializes in urban forestry. I bid on and won that stack, not knowing what I’d really gotten. When I got home and examined the stack I found a board that looked like the profile of a German shepherd and I knew immediately what it wanted to be.

Thus, the Sharkdog shelf. There was a long split that I repaired with some dovetail keys and filled with black epoxy. There is a rabbet cut at the bottom to accept the shelf (from the same stack of Walnut) that is attached with ledger bolts. It’s hard to show in the picture, but the grain patterns in this piece of wood are amazing.

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#1 posted 01-19-2014 08:18 PM

Great story behind the shelf.

Sorry your son lost his friend.

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