Crown Molding Shelf

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Project by steve_in_ohio posted 02-08-2014 11:38 PM 2044 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 8’ long crown molding shelf that I made for my parent’s dining room. It is made from a piece of oak crown molding, a pine 1”x10”x8’ board for the top, a pine 1”x4”x8’ for the bottom, and a 2×4 for the inside frame. The crown molding is attached to the 2×4 frame behind with pin nails, so I had to make sure the frame was strong enough to hold weight. This was achieved with some well placed pocket hole screws. The corbels are made from the extra crown molding and pine shelf and are just simply glued on the bottom because they aren’t supporting the shelf. I made a French cleat and inset it behind the shelf so that the shelf would sit flat on the wall. I finished the shelf with a couple coats of minwax dark walnut stain and then a coat of semi-gloss poly. This is my first time using and cutting crown molding and my corners are pretty tight and I am very happy with the results.

The first 2 pictures are the finished shelf hung on the wall. I had to also lower the mirror in the picture so that there was enough room above the shelf for what was going to be placed on it. The last picture is the shelf in the finishing stage in my basement because my shop was too cold for the stain to dry.

-- steve, simple and effective

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#1 posted 02-09-2014 12:51 AM

Sweet! Very nice looking, came out great.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 02-09-2014 12:15 PM

Looks Great and well made. I’m sure they will enjoy it.

-- John, Illinois,

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#3 posted 02-13-2014 02:41 PM

It’s beautiful and a great idea for additional space and storage. Great job!

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