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Well I missed the deadline for the shelving contest, so here goes for "woodworking."

This live edge shelf is my attempt at combining a rustic look, with a more modern design. I saw a very similar shelf in a magazine made out of jet black black granite, with a stainless steel stripe running from top to bottom, slightly offset from the center, and I loved it. I don't have equipment or finances to work with granite and steel, so I had to come up with a different idea. An idea that was do-able with minimal tools and a beginners skill level.

This is my first Instructable, as well as my first attempt at building something useful. So here goes.

Step 1: Materials and Prep

I don't have an accurate time frame for the build. In all, I don't think it took more than 3-4 hours of actual work (aside from waiting for glue to dry overnight), but I tend to be a casual hobby worker who takes breaks to watch football, grab a drink, walk the dog, eat dinner, etc. A project that takes most people 2 hours, will likely take me 2 days.

Wood Materials. (abviously you can choose any wood you wish)

  1. Live edge walnut slab
  2. curly ambrosia maple
  3. purpleheart
  4. oak dowels

Building Materials

  1. table saw
  2. various sized clamps
  3. belt sander (various grits
  4. wood glue
  5. sand paper (higher grit for hand finishing)
  6. pencil
  7. measuring device
  8. drill
Very nice. I really like the blend of multiple wood types in the final product.
<p>That looks really nice :)</p>

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