August 29, 2011

The Giant Shelf

Remember how this week's Wake Up Wednesday challenge is to do something you've put off for a while?  I' ve been tring to knock out a few things and I'm even going to post a couple of things here that I've been meaning to post for a while.  There are a few topics that you guys have requested that I'm finally going to cover.  Today I'll cover the giant shelf info and tomorrow we'll talk about painting cabinets.

So, remember the giant shelf I was so excited to have my dad build?  I've received a lot of questions about it.  Shortly after mine was completed my mom wanted one and my dad built it.  (Sorry, no picture of that one.)

Then my little sister wanted one too.  You saw hers in her house series HERE.

I have another sister that recently moved here and she wanted one too.  So, she kindly snapped some pictures of the process so you could all get a better idea of how it's made and hung.  Hers is massive and even holds her flat screen (thought it's not pictured here).

While is looks like a giant hefty beam, it's really a hollow box.  See?  (My parents also left their mark in it :)

My dad also makes a little lip on the top front edge by setting the top board a little lower so that things on the shelf can't slip off it.

So how would you attach it to the wall?  You take a cleat of wood (in this case a 2x4 because the shelf is so big) and screw it directly into the studs.  (Again, because of the massive size of this beast my dad used huge lag screws.  My shelf doesn't have screws that big.)

Then the top ledge of the shelf rests on that cleat and it's screwed directly into it as well.  (You can see how the middle supports inside the shelf are recessed so that the shelf can sit on the cleat.)

On my shelf the corbels don't really hold the shelf.  They essentially just decorative.

And that's the shelf in a nutshell.  Hopefully this will clarify any questions you might have had.  A picture is worth a thousand words, you know.  That's why blogs are so cool :)

Okay, come on back tomorrow and we'll talk about painting cabinets.  Thanks for dropping in.


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