Sellers Home Mantle Shelf: Episode 2


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In this final episode of the wall shelf for Sellers Home, Paul ties up all loose ends that complement the different energies into one completed project. Fitting the tambours, Paul makes a thicknessing jig from scraps, and all of the tambours fit the grooves perfectly. Paul used a hidden cleat to anchor the shelf to the brick wall of his living room so it can be removed just by lifting it on and off. Super effective. For the finish, Paul chose shellac once more. It is one of the very best finishes he knows of and has used it for decades. Seeing the piece go into place was a real treat for us and we know it will be for you too!


  1. gerald Anania on 1 December 2021 at 6:43 pm

    What are those chisels that Paul is using? Never heard of that brand.

  2. John hanson on 1 December 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Very nicely done.
    I’ll be making at least 3 of this style because… well… they’re perfect.

  3. sanford on 10 December 2021 at 5:22 am

    Nice, but I think I missed something. Isn’t there a problem with expansion and contraction of the tambour? They are basically snugged up tight one against the other.

    • Katrina Sellers on 10 December 2021 at 11:57 am

      I asked Paul and this is his reply:
      With regard to expansion it will be impossible for them to expand to such a degree that they will cause any other component or joint to fail. There could be some shrinkage. There is not much we can do about this however, my experience has shown that if you ensure your wood has a moisture content less than 10% you will not have a problem as there will be 0 shrinkage most likely.

  4. sanford on 10 December 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks Katrina! I wonder if any shrinkage problem (even if such a problem is unlikely with properly dried wood, as you suggest) would be solved with shiplap which I think could get a similar appearance. Just a thought.

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