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I'm building a removable shelf in my bathroom. The shelf will be placed just above the toilet. The shelf will be 34” X 9” X 2” composed of plywood, wonderboard, thinset, and a thin celadon crackle glazed tile. I estimate that it will be fairly heavy, perhaps 15 pounds? I want the shelf to be removable, and I would prefer that the brackets were not visible.

I found what looks like the perfect heavy duty invisible shelf brackets here: http://www.selbyhardware.com/a3.htm but they only sell packages of 100. I’m not skilled at careful mortise work, so these brackets appear to be about right for me.

Has anyone used brackets like these? Do you have a source for these or similar brackets in DIY quantities? Do you have an alternative idea? Your ideas appreciated.

Thanks,
Robert

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Joined: Mar 20 2003

Home Depot has a bracket that you can buy. it will hold a 3/4" piece of wood and should work for the weight your talking. The only difference is that it is C shaped with the wood slipping into the opening so you would see a little bit of the bracket, maybe 3/4" - 1".

Also The magazine Real Simple in their current issue has an article on shelving and I seem to remember everthing they showed was inviible support and they also mention the weight atings for each one.

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Joined: Mar 20 2003

OK,

I have found a shelf anchor made by Knape and Vogt:
http://www.knapeandvogt.com/kv/Shelving/Shelf+Kits/Anchors/88+-+Five+Eigths%22+Shelf+Anchors/88+-+Five+Eigths%22+Shelf+Anchors.htm?NRMODE=Published

that suits my needs. This anchor only grasps the back edge of the shelf, so I'll have to create hidden side supports, but I think it'll look nice. These brackets are sold by Southern Lumber, San Jose's best alternative to HD. I'll post pictures of the shelf after I've completed the tile job.

Part of me thinks I shouldn't be posting this stuff to the site because it is not Eichler-specific. On the other hand, most of us share the same small bathrooms and face the same design decisions, so unless I'm told otherwise, I'll continue this thread. Also, I'm pretty proud of my work!

Thanks,

Robert

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