I am looking for a better solution to mount a 12" deep x 2 1/2" thick slab of wood as a floating shelf. We have done stuff like this in the past on smaller shelves just taking 1/2" steel rod and burrowing it into the studs with epoxy and a mating hole into the back of the shelf but I am a little concerned about the weight on this one. There was just a recent post talking about hanging vanities with a "T" square type bracket. Have you guys seen anything like this but with a welded rod (as opposed to flat bar or tubing) protruding a good 10" ? Then, I could secure to the stud over a greater area for better strength and still get the relative ease of just boring a mating hole in the back of the shelf. Or, do I look for a welder to custom make some brackets like this? How would you tackle this? Thanks in advance!
Robin, this is exactly what I'm looking for - thanks for sharing! Under my nose this whole time on Etsy - it never even dawned on me to look there. This is why the forum is so valuable! Karl, I was about to do the very thing you do with a welder neighbor of mine. Pat, this isn't any easier - in fact, it makes it a little more complicated because we have to open the wall up and then do drywall repair. It's the strength I was concerned about with a thick and long solid wood slab and heaven only knows how many stacks of dishes...My original method works great when you want to avoid opening the wall but I only feel comfortable using it when the shelves are smaller and lighter like the torsion box idea. Thanks so much, everyone, for the help!
The Etsy brackets look pretty robust, but in my experience, any bracket that mounts this way has been less than perfect. The holes in the back of the shelves must be dead on in every way. Drilling a perfectly straight 6 1/4" deep hole pretty much requires a drill press or some other type of guide or jig. Adjustments in the field can be a pain. For example, one of the rods ends up being located over a stud.
A loaded 12" deep shelf will exert a fair amount of leverage. Even if everything is mounted up perfectly and screwed tightly, the sheetrock will eventually compress under the weight and the front of the shelf will sag. Yes, you can deal with it by using shims, but it's a pain. Scribing shelves to wavy walls can also be tough, and needs to be accounted for when machining the shelves.
Floating shelves look simple and the availability of cheap ones create the expectation of low cost. I underestimate the labor every time.
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