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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-07-2017, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Floating Shelves

My daughter asked if I could make her some floating shelves. Well, yeah!

She found some she liked so I went with
for inspiration.

The frames are made out of 2x4 pieces milled so they fit inside the box with a little wiggle room for alignment.

The boxes are made from the project panels sold by Lowe's. The wood is stainable Lodgepole Pine. Looks like white pine to me.

They were easy to build. We used Rustoleum Kona stain and then several coats of clear finish.

She loves them. Oh, we had a little help with the installation! Yep, another apprentice in the making. Blondie's little brother.
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Super cool Mike . I love floating shelves , and I think you've inspired me to make some for my bathroom.
Mike , do the finished pieces just slide into place and not require a screw to secure them ?
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Nice Mike - who won the tug-of-war over the mounting bracket??
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Nice Mike - who won the tug-of-war over the mounting bracket??
I did. We had to stage it. He is too fast. He would hand it to me and do something else. My wife wasn't quick enough with the camera so we had to stage one.

Funny - I had the boxes out in their garage so I could drill a couple of holes on top for the screws we used to secure the boxes to the frames. After drilling a pilot hole with a chamfer bit, I raked the sawdust off with my hand and moved over to drill the other one. Bubba stuck his little battery powered screwdriver in the hole and ran it for a few seconds, then raked the sawdust off with his other hand! Just like me.
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Ok I just watched the video and it seems like they just slide into place . Can't see that being and issue . I think in my case I'd build them so there wasn't much wriggle room , and fit kind of snug .
I sure like them ,and they certainly seem easy to implement
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Nice Mike. The raw material came from 2 1/2 to 3 hrs south of me and about 5 or 6 west of Rick.
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I read through and looked at the first pic before noticing who posted this. I saw the pocket holes in 2x and thought, "wait, I've seen those before". They were held in place with your modified clamps!
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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.

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nice job Mike. That is a mighty fine apprentice you have. Those moments must be very special.
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I was impressed in the video when that young lady put all her weight on the 2/4's secured with just pocket screws .
Gotta love pocket hole jigs.

Although I can't see the screws you've put in the tops Mike , I'm almost debating on using magnets inside . When I slide the finished outside shelf on , the magnets would be embedded in the ends of the wood frame and underneath the front surface of the shelf .
I may be over thinking this lol

My other idea is to make the inside frame a smidgen to wide (or to tall) , then after the shelf is built , keep on cutting a small amount off of the inside frame on my table saw till to it slides in firmly

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