Help mounting a "live edge" shelf

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Help mounting a "live edge" shelf

Post by cjv140 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:29 am

So I got the boss a thick slab of wood, cherry I think, and she wants it on the wall as a shelf. She bought what appear to be solid wood bookends that she wants to use as shelf supports. I have no idea how to mount these things. I was thinking GRK structural screws but then the heads would show thru the front of the bookends. I then thought maybe some IKEA style hidden twist-in fasteners but I don't know how I would make those work either.

The pix are attached and the shelf is 48" long, about 8.5" wide, and 2" thick. Any help from you all would be appreciated. On a side note, Shannon please keep plugging along with the videos, I love every one of them!
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Re: Help mounting a "live edge" shelf

Post by Shannon » Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:33 pm

I would suggest using 3/4” wood dowels drilled and glued into the wall studs at least 2” and leave 1” to 2” protruding from the drywall surface. Then drill holes on the back of the corbels (1” to 2” from top) so that they can hang from the dowels. The drilling needs to be a straight and level as possible for everything to sit well. This only really works if the studs in the wall are spaced in a way that it works out evenly for your shelf to sit where you want it. Also beware of possible electrical or plumbing in you walls .
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Re: Help mounting a "live edge" shelf

Post by cjv140 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:57 pm

Thanks, that's a great idea. I'll do a couple dowels per side and it should be strong enough. I know there isn't any plumbing or electrical behind, this is in the living room on exterior wall. Thanks so much for the quick reply!

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Re: Help mounting a "live edge" shelf

Post by A. Spruce » Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:11 pm

Question, are the corbels for supporting the shelf or are they supposed to be book ends? If you give me the right answer, I've got the perfect solution for you.
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Re: Help mounting a "live edge" shelf

Post by cjv140 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:24 pm

They are going to be used as shelf supports. They appear to be some kind of wood, or as close to wood as I can tell.

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Re: Help mounting a "live edge" shelf

Post by A. Spruce » Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:09 pm

Use the green points to anchor the corbel to the shelf. The nose of the corbel can be directly screwed through, you may want to predrill and countersink the screw hole. The green arrow you would toe-nail screw the corbel to the shelf.

If you space the corbels to land on studs, you can toe-nail screw through the upper flange of the corbel into the stud from at least the inside (more hidden) and possibly the outside too. You can also place a screw in the toe of the corbel (red dots) and then hide the screw behind stainable putty or a wood plug stained to match.
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