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Odd shaped closet, How to shelve?

David_Riedesel's picture

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Hi, I just started a shelf installation job. The trainer suggested a "hit and miss" technique in order to cut an odd shaped shelf from 16" stock. Surely there is a better way. The shape of the shelf needed is an arrow with the upper left part of the arrow 2x/I +/- shorter (8"+/-) than the upper right (18" +/-)part of the arrow. I suggested a bevel square but the corners of the dry wall are rounded :( and the bevel square will only work on angled corners. Hmmm any suggestions? Shelf Dave

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The spill chiker muddled you post, however...

Whenever laying out odd cut lines, whether it be for your application or more commonly cutting sheathing for a small hip roof fill-ins, the following may work:

Pick two points...perhaps in your case, two corners in the closet. Label them "A" and "B". It helps if they are corners sharing a common straight wall between them. Measure the straight-line distance between them and transfer this measurement to a piece of stock. Label one end "A", the other "B" to mimick your closet corner points.

Now, simply measure all significant "jinks" in the wall layout, straight line from "A" and straight line from "B". Transfer these distances to your piece of stock to define each "jink."

You should end up with a series of dots on your stock. Play connect the dots and you'll have an outline of your piece.

It may be easier to just use a cardboard or kraft paper template, nibbling away until the template fits.

(post #159014, reply #2 of 2)

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Hi, I just started a shelf installation job. The trainer suggested a "hit and miss" technique in order to cut an odd shaped shelf from 16" stock. Surely there is a better way. The shape of the shelf needed is an arrow with the upper left part of the arrow 2x/I +/- shorter (8"+/-) than the upper right (18" +/-)part of the arrow. I suggested a bevel square but the corners of the dry wall are rounded :( and the bevel square will only work on angled corners. Hmmm any suggestions? Shelf Dave