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Offline LooseSox

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Workstation with floating shelves
« on: August 08, 2017, 07:12 AM »
So this is my current project...

A friend of mine asked me to convert a spare bedroom into a study for his wife and him so they had somewhere to work other than the kitchen table. Design brief was wall to wall benchtop, 2 cupboards and 2 sets of drawers with space inbetween to sit at, with white cabinets and a 750mm deep Acacia benchtop.

They also specified floating shelves, this is where it gets interesting. My mate and his wife are both doctors so have medical textbooks everywhere that they wanted on the shelves. Conservative guesstimates put the load on each shelf (4m wide) at 200+kg plus the weight of the shelf structures themselves. Settled on a 70x35mm framework screwed together, thankfully its a solid brick house so went to town with masonry anchors to hold it to the wall. There is actually 2 shelves (you can just see the shadow of the upper one), but I couldn't get back any further to fit them all in the shot.

Keeping in the white theme, I skinned the framework with 16mm melamine with the lower skin having a dado to accept some LED strip lighting. A sparky is due down soon to lay the lighting cables in the wall cavity into the shelving framework and to put extra power points in. Once that is done the skirting board will be re-attached.
« Last Edit: August 08, 2017, 07:14 AM by LooseSox »

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Offline SoonerFan

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Re: Workstation with floating shelves
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2017, 10:45 PM »
Nice work.  Shelves will be great for all their books.  Much, much better than a kitchen table for working.

Offline LooseSox

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Re: Workstation with floating shelves
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2017, 08:05 AM »
The electrician has finally been and wired everything up. Here's the end result. And they have everything BUT their text books up on the shelf haha.

Offline ear3

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Re: Workstation with floating shelves
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2017, 08:46 PM »
Great looking desk surface.  Was it a challenge getting something made from so many smaller boards flat?
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Offline neilc

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Re: Workstation with floating shelves
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2017, 09:49 PM »
Those lights and the natural top really set it off.

Great work!

Offline LooseSox

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Re: Workstation with floating shelves
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2017, 12:29 AM »
I didn't laminate the bench myself. The local hardware store had pre made 600mm deep acacia bench tops on the shelf. I bought 3 of them and did a cut and shut job with the TS to give me 2 at 750mm deep. I had to have a join in the middle as a 4m long benchtop wouldn't go down the hallway to room it was intended for.

Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Workstation with floating shelves
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2017, 07:05 AM »
Neat project.  Just goes to prove that even a utilitarian project can be made sexy with some attention to details.