I was looking through "Design Your Own Furniture" by Jim Stack and I
encountered a shelf that I thought looked nice. It is made from two
pieces hung on a wall. Each piece is like the letter "U", turned
sideways, so the total shelf looked like this (use fixed width font):
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I have posted a picture scanned from the book for clarification at
but it will be available only
for few days.
Close inspection of the picture makes it look like a very simple
design. Each piece looks to be made of say 5" wide 3/4" thick
material, mitered together at the corners. Looks like it might be five
feet long. The look is very clean: no supporting structure is visible
to hold thing thing to the wall, just three pieces of wood for each
half sticking to the wall.
When I saw it I thought "I need one of those. Looks simple enough..."
But after thinking a bit more I realized I don't know how to hang it on
the wall. I thought of putting screws through it at an angle into the
wall, which seems ugly but might work. Maybe sideways keyholes on the
back? But it seems like it would be hard to get it tight to the wall,
and the weight would be borne by a thin bit of wood around the keyhole.
Also, if the hardware has to be positioned in the wall to match holes
in the back of the shelf, it seems like that hardware would have to be
positioned in the wall with unrealistic accuracy to avoid stressing
those joints. Anyone have any insight on a good way to hang a shelf