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This instructable shows how I used an old oak table leaf to construct a simple yet durable wall shelf which is hung using a french cleat. I know ther...
Here are a couple of the oak table leaves I found in my attic which were missing the rest to make a table.
The leaves were about 12" wide and several feet long so first I cut the leaves into 15" lengths.
I then cut the 15" length so that I now had 2 15" x 6" surfaces.
Now cut several 1"x3/4"x9" strip(s), depending on the number of shelves you plan on building. I cut more than enough because spares never hurt.
Next I cut the strip(s) at a 45 degree angle leaving a 1/4" area to drill holes in for mounting. This will make more sense later.
I took a 12"x6" length of wood and cut it in half to make two 6"x6" square pieces. I did this because I am making several shelves. You could simply cu...
Using a pencil I measured and drew the lines to make the side support brackets. I decided on a triangle using slightly different dimensions for each s...
Cutting the first angle. I decided to cut the inside out and make the angles 3/4" and 1" to keep in the spirit of making this using a bunch of differ...
What's an easy way to make sure that both sides would be the same? Trace the first one of course! When cutting the traced second side be sure to cut d...
In this picture I am rounding the edges with my basic 1/2" round over router bit. I only rounded the top front, left and right side. All other exposed...
I gave the edges of the sides a slight round by using my dremel sanding drum. Since these were table leaves in a previous life they have a fairly hea...
I then flipped the shelf top upside down and center the angle cut 9" piece so that the angled portion faces the front. Using a 1/4" wood drill bit I d...
Cutting the wood dowel. Note: I sometimes disregard safe power tool practices during my projects. This pictures shows one of them. Cut your dowel by h...
Here are the dowels glued in place and sanded even.
Using the same drill, cut dowel, and glue method I attached the side supports to the shelf top. Line each side up evenly, trace around the bottom usin...
I then drilled 3 holes through the bottom of the mate to the angled piece. This piece has a flat 1/4" area which will be flush with the wall. This par...
To make sure that the shelf was level I held it in against the wall in the position where I wanted it hung and placed a level on top. I then drew two ...
Next I screwed the bottom half of the cleat to the wall slightly covering the lines using three 3" multipurpose screws. I used a level once more befo...
Finally I simply slid the shelf down onto the cleat which is attached to the wall. The only thing I plan to do differently in the future is to counte...
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