Published at Thursday, October 18th 2018. by Adela Hill in Floating Shelves.
Rustic floating shelves at first glance, these shelves kind of look like a board stuck on a wall which they are. However, there's still a bit of preparation required. I started out with a rough saw piece of 8 quarter or 2-inch thick white oak, which I planed down just enough to smooth out some of the surfaces, while leaving the deeper sawmill cuts still visible. This was the look I was going for in order to make it look rustic and not too rough on one edge.
I planed it down completely smooth and square since that side to be in contact with the wall. After measuring out the location and distance of supports on the wall, I turned through that dimension to the shelves in order to drill this hole, you need to drill bit. That's five and a half inches long. This is one of the few instances when a floor drill press is really handy, although you can drill it by hand. My drill press didn't have five and a half inches of travel, so I had to drill a hole in two stages. Once the hole was drilled, I had to mortise out a pocket for the mounting plates.
These can be slightly oversized as long as they covered the plate. For the finish, I use the same stain that I've used on all the other wood in this bathroom. In addition to a polyurethane topcoat, locating the brackets to the wall is critical, because if the brackets are off, then your shelf won't fit when you try to slide it onto the wall after the brackets are installed and the studs are installed.
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