Sellers Home Mantle Shelf

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Mantle shelves once capped off the fireplace surrounded by wood, stone, and marble. But without a fireplace, a mantle might seem redundant. Paul designed the Sellers’ Home Mantle Shelf to tie the different components of the living room together and give some added display possibilities to take just about any decorative item. The project is simple yet strikingly different and fills in the expanse of the wall above the TV stand.


  1. Marie Boyle on 19 November 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Beautiful! This might be just what I have been looking for. Is it scalable?

    • silmarils94 on 22 November 2021 at 10:06 am

      Hello Marie,
      I’m not Paul but everything is scalable…just change the measurements to suit your needs.

  2. Warren Hall on 24 November 2021 at 12:33 pm

    When will the first video of this series be published, only I saw an Instagram post today saying that it was or was that just referring to the intro video? Thanks!

  3. Randy Carr on 1 December 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Really looking forward to making this shelf. Is there a cut list available?

  4. Christoph B. on 6 January 2022 at 12:46 am

    Is this construction strong and durable, especially if my level of precision doesn’t come close to Paul’s? Everything relies on 6mm deep dadoes under pull force, while someone might fill up the lower shelf with more than 1m of heavy books. And who knows, someone might lean on the lower shelf sideways, or whatever… That can be a lot of pulling and bending for not so many square cm of glued surface.
    In order to be prepared for such scenarios, I think I’d rather add tenons and wedge them.

    Any thoughts on this? Am I being paranoid?

    • Christoph B. on 6 January 2022 at 11:50 pm

      Plus, there is no long grain to long grain glueing surface.

    • Katrina Sellers on 14 January 2022 at 12:53 pm

      The purpose of the mantle shelf is to hold ornaments. It wasn’t meant as a bookshelf. If you wanted to use it for books Paul suggested adding in screws.

    • Michal Kuchta on 22 January 2022 at 3:29 pm

      Or you can use sliding dovetails instead of dadoes, that should add a lot more strength! I am making one from black walnut and I am considering using sliding dovetails, since I would love to put at least a book or two on the lover shelf 🙂

      • Christoph B. on 2 February 2022 at 11:02 am

        Thank you, Katrina and Michal. There is at least one household on this earth where every horizontal surface is quite quickly transformed into a bookshelf by some sort of female magic. I think i’ll go for wedged through tenons. That does not depend on as much precision as sliding dovetails under pulling force and intuitively feels even more solid than screws. I’ll declare the tenon ends a design feature.

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