Title: Cherry Shoe Shelf

Wood Species/Finish:  Solid Cherry / Lacquer Finish

Designed/ Made: April 2016

Dimensions:  42" tall, 70" wide, 13" deep

Design Elements: Through and wedged Mortise and Tenon, beveled under edge of shelves

Notes:  This piece was a commission for the Hamilton Golf and Country Club. The purpose of the shelf is to hold member's shoes after their golf game. The golf club building is a classic Tudor/Gothic style, while the interior design of the club is contemporary shaker/ minimalist. The Shoe Shelf was designed to blend the two styles, as well as function for club for many years to come. 

The construction consists of just 6 pieces of 1.25" solid cherry. I used robust timbers so that the through mortise and tenon joints would provide enough support to keep the shelf minimal in appearance and construction. Although the shelves are a long 70" span, the thick wood allows for no supporting prices such as a back or middle vertical supports. 

This piece looks simple, and it is simple. Yet there are subtle elements  that refine the shapes to make them more human. An example would be of the shape of the gable sides: they angle in gently, softening the shape, and end in a perfect circular radius. 

This was a fun piece of furniture to build, and brought along some good challenges.

Check out the build of the piece on my blog here to see all the process pics

Front View with my Japanese Maple Bonsai for company.

Front View with my Japanese Maple Bonsai for company.

The squares that you can see on the outside of the shelf's gables show the tenons of the shelves that pass through and are wedged.

The squares that you can see on the outside of the shelf's gables show the tenons of the shelves that pass through and are wedged.

Another view of the end of the shelf, as well as the tenons that pass through the gables and are wedged.

Another view of the end of the shelf, as well as the tenons that pass through the gables and are wedged.