Originally Posted by Rich G. and Val F.
Very attractive additions.
Any chance you would share how you went about fastening the shelf? It is an ingenious approach and something that will be used daily. I'm considering something similar in my Scamp 13.
Out of sight, at the top of the one inch diameter Oak dowels is a small half inch thick Oak plate, maybe 2 inches by 3. Each dowel is glued and pinned into a hole in the plate and the plate is fastened to the shelf bottom with 1 inch countersunk drywall screws.
Unfortunately, some shims were needed on one side of the plates to push the shelf against the rat fur.
All this shimming and canting was because I placed the dowel's position too near the rear of the shelf and I could not slide the plates towards the rat fur enough (they were already touching) to make the shelf fit snuggly. Had I moved their position about a half inch forward on the shelf all would have been well. Part of woodworking is covering up your mistakes. Next time I will plan more carefully. All those curves and angles must have confused me.
I first considered full thread rod instead of wood dowels. That would be easier if less elegant. Plus I had the oak and not the rod.
Still the shelf is a success and will be useful. If the DW wants one on her side I will do better having learned from my first effort.
Good luck, john