Thursday, August 29, 2013

Build a Shoe Shelf using Rockler's I-Semble Slip-On Shelf Brackets

This is by far the easiest and fastest project I've built in a long time.  Rockler sent me two sets of their 1x10 I-Semble Slip-On Shelf brackets for a project build video to display on their product page.  I used the brackets to build a new shoe shelf to replace our old broken one.
The brackets were easy to use and project took less than an hour to cut the boards and assemble.  Screws were included which was nice.  Below are some things to keep in mind if you are considering using these brackets for one of your projects:
  • They slip onto a standard 1"x10", which is actually 3/4" x 9 1/4".
  • You will need a pair of brackets for each shelf, so calculate the total cost to decide if it's worth the time-savings over other traditional joinery methods.
  • The brackets have a strong brawny look to them, which I like, but it may not match everyone's decor.
  • They do cover a lot of the wood, but I used this to my advantage to cover some unsightly defects.
  • I like that they can be disassembled easily for finishing, and even re-purposed for a different project in the future.
Overall, this project was quick, fun, and turned out well, plus my wife likes it too!  The brackets are great for beginner woodworkers or people with limited tools, because they pretty much guarantee a successful project.

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