Question about shelf design

Old 10-10-21, 03:21 PM
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Question about shelf design


I'd like to build a long shelf, spanning about 14.5 feet. See drawing below. Id like to build a 2x6 support structure first, bolted to the studs. This 2x6 will then have diagonal support 1x2's screwed to it. The shelf itself will an open ended box to be assembled first then slid over the support structure. This box would be secured to the top of the diagonal supports, the top of the 2x6 and the bottom of the 2x6.

This shelf is decorative intended for lightweight decorations. Does the drawing below seem sufficient? What could be changed? Please keep in mind my wood working skills and tools are pretty basic.

Old 10-10-21, 03:33 PM
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That's the premise behind a floating shelf. It'll work
Old 10-10-21, 03:37 PM
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That's actually overly complicated. A box can be hung on a single cleat, as the box itself will stay square if it is built to stay square, just like a cabinet is simply hung on the wall with a couple screws. You could attach a single 2x4 or 2x6 cleat to the wall with your lags, then fasten the top of the box to the top of the cleat. Or you could design it as a french cleat... with an interlocking 45 degree cleat, and you could just hang your box/shelf on the cleat.

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