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I have built one corner shelf before and it was very hard for me to do, it was cut a little then measure again and then cut some more then get the board stretcher out and try it again!!! The end result turned out ok but this time I am looking to do it a little better and not have so many problems. I would like my end result to be a shelf that slides into to pieces of lumber with Dado's that are mounted on both walls. Also the front of the shelf would be curved.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Walt
 

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The construction of it doesn't sound too complicated, it sounds as though you are having trouble making it fit the walls in the corner. Sheet rocked and mudded walls typically are not real straight or square in a corner because of all the extra mud the sheetrockers use in corners. I would put the cleats on the wall, make sure the dadoes in the shelf edges are extra deep, and make a cardboard or masonite pattern that fits the wall at the level of the cleats, then transfer that to the shelf to cut it to fit.
 

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Did the same project once…Michael Murphy above hit it at least partially on the head. I had to take a router with a round over bit AFTER I built the corner shelf. Due to the corner itself not being flat or at 90 degrees. If you take the router to the rear spine (assiming you can remove it OR when making your new one) just might help the fit. There are other factors involved and one tip might be to take a rafter square or the equivalent and measure the corner for angle accuracy and flatness. If you have to build it a little 'sloppy', remember nice trim hides a small error.
Just my 2 cents.
 
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