Floating display shelf
Split turning techniques make a fun and functional shelf.
Synopsis: These display shelves are made four at a time, glued up from a blank of four square pieces. Mark Gardner turns the glued-up blank into a pod shape, decorates it with beads or coves, splits it into four pieces, and ends up with four wall shelves. He adds a French cleat and a finish, and his floating shelves are good to go.
Bandsaw the blank, then turn it
When you get to the lathe, you’ll start by turning the blank to a cylinder. To speed that process, first cut the corners off the blank at the bandsaw with its table tilted 45°. Use a compass to lay out the largest circle you can on each end of the blank. Then use a combination square to lay out an octagon around the circle. Connect the points of the two octagons with lines along the length of the blank; they’ll guide…