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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.

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

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

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

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

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Nice. I like things that are different.
 

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Great job on this I like the lines.
 

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

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

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Interesting design! I'm with you about the "functionality first, design second" :)

AND SAFETY THIRD :p

:)
 

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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).
 

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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.
 

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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.
 
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