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I didn't see the slot holes till after I posted. Don't like them for a screw. This might look a lot better.

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I didn't see the slot holes till after I posted. Don't like them for a screw. This might look a lot better.

Those are kinda cool . Unnecessary though unless you want very thin shelves .

I'm going to copy Mikes shelves internal setup closely , but I will be painted them grey I'm thinking , as I don't think the wood theme is going to work well in my bathroom . Use wood inside and 1/2" mdf for the shelf itself .
Definitely like the way Mikes turned out though

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Nice shelves Mike. Here is a magnetic system used on handrails that may work.

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Nice shelves Mike. Here is a magnetic system used on handrails that may work.

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Now just when I thought I'd seen everything. Who the heck comes up with these ideas lol

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Nice project. Never thought of the setup that you show.
MT, I just thought- when the kids are out of diapers, we will be in them.
LMAO...now I have to go change my depends...
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As usual, Mike...excellent work...must be special to work with your "apprentice"...
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Thanks for all the kudos. Looks like it has generated some inspiration for some of y'all.

Here are a few thoughts...random thoughts.
- The thinnest frame members are 1 1/2 x 1 1/2.
- The frames are attached to the wall stud with a couple of 3 inch construction screws (via #25 Torx head). They are sturdy, but just remember, these are light duty and not meant to hold heavy stuff. Toilet paper and pictures, etc.
- For attaching the frames where there is only one stud, a toggle bolt (or something similar) has to be used. I have found these toggle bolts (see pic below) to be the easiest to install and work great. When installing, I determine where the stud is, and where the toggle bolt will go. Then I install the toggle bolt first, level the frame, and then drive in the construction screws into the stud. Really is an easy installation.

- Wiggle room is a good thing to have. If you are installing more than one shelf, a little side to side adjustment is a good thing so you can align the shelves vertically. I don't see a need for a snug fit. Probably because my snug would turn out to be too snug. In fact, on a couple of the frames, I attached the end support arms about an 1/8th inch inboard just in case I had to trim the back piece if it was too snug.

- I attached the boxes with 2 wood screws on top. They are there just to keep the box from moving around.

Hope this helps.

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Everand thanks for the heads up . I think I'm going to make some deeper simular to Mikes .
Here's where they would work great , on the left above the toilet . I built the wall out on the right in order to counter sink a medicine cabinet in , but I used a round edge for the corner where you mud .
So I'm thinking, keep the shelves narrower than the whole width of that space , or they may look odd .
Sorry for sidetracking your thread Mike
If you look closely at my pics, you will see one bathroom (the guest room) with a pair of shelves that are 20 inches wide. Basically the same width as the top of the toilet.

In the other bathroom, the shelves go all the way across the wall, except for about 3/4 inch. I built them that way so I could get them on the wall and not get jammed trying to fit them. And once installed, they look good. That might be good for you since the wall corners aren't 90 deg.
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For attaching the frames where there is only one stud, a toggle bolt (or something similar) has to be used. I have found these toggle bolts (see pic below) to be the easiest to install and work great. When installing, I determine where the stud is, and where the toggle bolt will go. Then I install the toggle bolt first, level the frame, and then drive in the construction screws into the stud. Really is an easy installation.
Not "or something similar" use this kind only! All the others are a waste of time and money. I have used pretty much every anchor type available, for heavy things these are the only choice. For lighter weight drywall anchors use this style from Lowes https://www.amazon.com/TOGGLER-SnapS.../dp/B00ZSYPAX0 There is another brand that looks very similar to this but not quite as good. This one splits down the middle, so if you remove it from the wall you can reinstall it again. The other version (from HD) split half way up the shank making it not reuseable.
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If you look closely at my pics, you will see one bathroom (the guest room) with a pair of shelves that are 20 inches wide. Basically the same width as the top of the toilet.

In the other bathroom, the shelves go all the way across the wall, except for about 3/4 inch. I built them that way so I could get them on the wall and not get jammed trying to fit them. And once installed, they look good. That might be good for you since the wall corners aren't 90 deg.
Yes when I seen your narrow version , they were the ones that I think will work . I may go a bit wider , but not by much .
You did a great job there Mike , and it changed how I'm going to proceed .
Originally I was going get a large canvas print of Mona Lisa, and photoshop here eyes looking down , and put the print in that empty space .
But after seeing your floating shelves , I want to build and install them instead of a picture .
It's my only bathroom and it's not that large , so the more shelving and storage the better IMO .

As I mentioned I don't think the stained wood look is going to work in my theme , so I'm going to use 1/2" mdf for the outer shell of the shelf, and paint them a light grey

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