1st Post, Introduction and a Pecan Floating Shelf

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Project by HerbW posted 03-02-2014 02:57 AM 3703 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well as I told Eric a few minutes ago we moved to a new place about 3 years ago which is also about the time I joined LJ. Which partially explains why I’ve been a lurker not a poster. Got lucky in the new place, as I got a good shop. Buuut in this time since moving in, I have not got it setup and thanks to friends who are moving and giving away stuff, plus the free section on craigslist its cluttered. That’s my goal for 2014 is a functional orderly shop, with heat (a very important thing here in Montana).

I live with my wife in NW Montana on almost 3 acres. We have two dogs. I have a full time job that is OK most days. But look forward to my next career after retirement. I am interested in almost anything wood. My dad is a carpenter so I grew up with a hammer and saw but am far from a master at any of it. My dad is retired but he’s still active and has a sawmill, so on my trips back to Oklahoma I bring back what pieces of wood I can.

I told Eric that I would try to post a project tonight so here goes. This is a floating shelf that I just hung on the wall this past Monday. First decent project since moving in. It is 3×10x40 inches not cm (I like the metric system but will probably never convert). It is made of pecan, yes its from my dad’s sawmill in OK. As you can see the shelf is two main pieces the frame (made of pine) that attaches to the wall and the box that slides over it. I put a bottom in the frame so there is a hidden place for who knows what treasures and I used magnets on each side to make sure the box stays in place.

have fun

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#1 posted 03-02-2014 03:41 AM

Very nice shelf design and well constructed from all appearances , the added feature of a hidden compartment is a nice touch! I would welcome you to LJ’s but….......I will just say welcome to the project posting pages instead(LOL) !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#2 posted 03-02-2014 06:04 AM

WElcome! Wood. Is. Good!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#3 posted 03-02-2014 08:55 AM

Good job sir. Great design. Look forward to more posts.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 03-02-2014 02:23 PM

Nice job Herb.
It looks great.
Looking forward to you posting more of the things you make.
Good luck on getting your shop up and running.

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#5 posted 03-02-2014 02:50 PM

That’s a very nice looking shelf. Welcome aboard.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 03-02-2014 11:29 PM

Good welcome! Niiiiiiiiice.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#7 posted 03-12-2014 07:48 PM

Looks nice, Herb.. I built some floating shelves from some solid logs that I have yet to hang. Kinda wish I had the option to add the top like you did. NICE SOLUTION

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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#8 posted 11-10-2014 07:08 AM

Those are some of the best looking floating shelves Ive seen! Could you help me understand how the magnets work? My wife wants some for the nursery. I’m also curious how you put the Pecan together. Did you just 45 the pieces? I’d appreciate your help, I’m new to woodworking so I require a lot of research. I don’t want any visible nails so I’m thinking about using a 45 degree miter lock to assemble mine. Found a website that confirmed it should work .

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#9 posted 11-10-2014 01:00 PM

Hey Trevor, first the magnets did not add anything to the shelf. I thought they would be needed to hold it in place. The shelf stays in place just fine without them. I confirmed this with the second shelf that I built out of walnut without any magnets. So save the money and extra time. As far as the joints I just rabbeted the front and sides so that the top and bottom fit well. No nails, I only used glue. The pecan I used had a very consistent grain throughout so the joints are hard to tell unless you are right on top looking at them. I always wanted to try the miter lock bits, they look great and the reviews I’ve seen are really good. Good luck with your build, the project takes a little time but overall is pretty simple construction. The one thing that the picture does not show is the spacer that is in the center of the shelf. By using thin boards (the top and bottom are about 5/16 thick) I was concerned about them bowing, so I glued a spacer and you can see in the design of the hanger there is a space for that. Any questions just ask.

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#10 posted 11-10-2014 06:41 PM

Thank you so much for the fast response and the info Herb! Very helpful!

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