Surfboard Wall Shelf

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This edge-joined “half” surfboard shelf features colorful laminations aimed to grab the attention of surfers and non-surfers alike. Whether it’s hung in a shore home’s main living area or a kid’s room, you’ll like the clean-cut way the shelf seems to float on the wall, thanks to a pair of hidden steel posts that fasten to the studs. And while decorative in nature, the fin also serves to keep the shelf at a right angle to the wall surface.

Techniques include safely cutting thin strips, edge-joining the board in sections, routing the recesses for the hidden hardware and fin, and drilling straight, deep holes for the support posts. Surf’s up, so let’s head to the shop.

Note: In order to accommodate the special hardware used to support the shelf (see the Convenience-Plus Buying Guide) and to mimic a more realistic surfboard thickness, I went with surfaced 6/4(15 ⁄16") maple and planed and sanded the board lamination to 11 ⁄4" thick. If the glued-up blank thickness is off by 1 ⁄16" or so, it really won’t matter.

Surfboard Shelf

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