Hide Your Supports
Hidden wires are fully concealed when the shelf is in place. Use a 1/8-in. self-centering bit and a template to make the holes. The edge of the shelf needs to be slotted. This can be done on your tablesaw or with a slot-cutting router bit. Tip: To simplify the slotting process, do it before you edge band. That way you can simply slot the entire edge and not have to worry about stopping the slot before you reach the front of the shelf (see Sources).
(Source information may have changed since the original publication date.)
Woodworkers Hardware, wwhardware.com, 800-383-0130, 5-mm Self-Centering Bit, #VB5MM, $22.35; 5-mm Spoon Shelf Support, Nickel, #THB6144, $3.20 for 20; 5-mm shelf pin support with collar, Nickel,
#G401ZN, $2.80 for 20; 5-mm Shelf Pin Support with Collar, Antique Copper, #G401AC, $2.80 for 20; 5 x 24-mm Shelf Support, Nickel, #G402BN,
$2.80 for 20; 5-mm Spoon Shelf Support, brass, #THB6034, $3.20 for 20;
5-mm L-Shaped Shelf Support, Nickel, #G707BN, $4.00 for 20; 1/4-in. Spoon Shelf Support, Brass, #THB0034, $3.20 for 20; 9-3/4-in. Hidden-Wire Shelf Support for 1/8-in. Hole, #SYX 5209, $10.40 for 20; 5-mm Shelf Support, Vinyl Cover, Nickel, #G708WBN, $4.40 for 20.
Rockler, rockler.com, 800-279-4441, 9/32-in. Self-Centering Bit, #34368, $22.99; 7/32-in. Self-Centering Bit, #34342, $21.99; No. 10 (1/8-in.) Insty-Drive Self-Centering Bit, #69007, $10.99; 5-mm Pin Support Sleeves, Brass,#22963, $3.19 for 16; 1/4-in. Pin Support Sleeves, Brass, #81836, $3.99 for 16; 5-mm Shelf Support, Black, #22955, $3.29
for 16; 5-mm Shelf Support, Antique Brass, #22880, $3.29 for 16; 1/4-in. Locking Shelf Support, #24398, $5.39 for 16.
Local pet store, 1/4-in O.D.
aquarium hose, $1 for 10 ft.
This story originally appeared in American Woodworker November 2005, Issue #118.
November 2005, Issue #118
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