34 comments on “Leaning Wall Shelf

  1. I have a request Mr. Sellers. I think there would be great interest in learning how to design furniture. Something for novices-intermediates to be able to start to use and then grow with. Perhaps a progressive ongoing series? It is sorely needed in the community. There is very little on how one learns how to design properly. If you do read this then thanks for the time.

  2. It looks like a wonderful design, however it stands a full nine inches out from the wall at the base, which means there is a good deal of wasted space behind the shelving. Since space is at a premium in my home, I am wondering if there is any reason why the unit could not be built in a way that brings it much closer to the wall? I realize the angles would have to be changed.

  3. Nothing to do with this project but suddenly noticed Paul using his pinky for steadying his hand when making his knife mark across the shelf sides. Obviously not something you can do on every layout but when it is across a wide piece and there is room to the side of the line it is very useful. Thinking back it would have been helpful on several layouts I have done. Just shows that even if you have been watching Paul do his work for months or years there is always something useful you can pickup from the videos even this small a trick.

  4. A question:
    The design relies on tight-fitting joints for lateral stability, though friction on the wall will help.

    The joint uses slots in the length of one board to trap the thickness of the other board. Therefore drying will tend to open the joints.
    In one plane the joint is tapered, so it can be re-tightened. In the other plane the joint is parallel, so its resistance to racking will be reduced by drying even if the joint is re-tightened.

    When designing this sort of thing, are there rules of thumb to help to decide how much wood movement is acceptable?


    • Hello Geoff,
      I will have a a think to how we can discuss wood shrinkage and project design further.
      In this case, wood tends to shrink mostly across the grain and only very minimally along the grain. It is also important to make sure your wood is stable before using it, particularly in this kind of project.
      Hope that is helpful. Certainly something worth addressing further.
      Best, Phil

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