Published at Wednesday, October 17th 2018. by Jami Gallagher in Floating Shelves.
I'm going to share with you the technique and how I make these floating shelves stay level, their entire lifetime, all right now, making my way to the crosscut sled. I go ahead and set up a stop block to cut these pieces to length. My client wanted 60 inch shelves that way. I'm cutting these pieces into 56-inch strips here I joined them together to double them up. These are going to be part of the bracket, so they're going to stick out of the wall that are going to hold the shelf in place and unfortunately, as I'm filming this, my camera dies, but I made a makeshift diagram of how these things are made.
Basically, you do a series of layers with this plywood and the brackets themselves that stick out at 90 degrees to create mortise and tenon joints all throughout. This is a small version, but you get the gist and you're going to see these later in the video as well. Now I'm kind of confused, if I would into the strips that are going to become the bottom in the tops of the floating shelves themselves.
Here are the pieces that are going to be the skeletal structure that is going to be on the shelves that are going to go in between the brackets that I made earlier. As you can see, I line up the brackets, make my marks. Make sure it fits grab a little wood glue and make some square marks on there making sure these are ninety degrees to each edge and glue them in wait about five minutes. Let that glue it here go ahead and glue on the top and mail it all. In place once that shelf is put together, I go ahead and test.
The bracket looks like I've got a nice snug fit very happy with how this is turning out. At this point, I go ahead and rip up some poplar to be the right width, and then I cut each piece, the links these are going to be the trim pieces that are going to cover the edges in the front of the shelf itself. It's real simple installation little bit of glue little bit of grind nails, no big deal now, as I'm installing this front piece of trim. I go ahead and make sure to line up just right and be careful here. You don't want to have any blowout with your nail gun, so keep your nail gun perpendicular to the length of the piece just like that everything is looking good with all four shelves completed.
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