Wow! Check that! That’s fucking perfect! If I look so happy, that’s because the two white oak shelves and matching counter that I just installed match the wall that welcome them perfectly! And in this video, I want to show you how I did it. In houses, walls might look straight but they rarely are. There are often irregularities, bumps, curves… And when I make custom furniture, that’s something to keep in mind. Here you see me with a straight MDF strip and with a pen I mark all the variations of the wall. Now that I know what the wall is like, I can start removing material, getting as close as possible to the line and hence getting the strip to match the wall. That’s a process I repeat for each segment of the wall. I can then start assembling them together. Here two strips are already glued together and match both the wall and the angle of the wall. It’s a lot more precise than taking a measurement for instance. With some quick glue, I build a template that represents the final shape of the countertop. Once that’s done, I do a final check. And I repeat the process for the shelves. Here you see me use the template of the counter and the two templates of the shelves I just made on three pieces of white oak I just got from the lumber yard. The majority of solid wood projects start with pieces that look like that, rough, and that must be transformed into panels and then used to build the piece of furniture. Here I simply cut the boards to length: one length for the counter, one length for the shelves. The next step uses a jointer to bring on face of the board perfectly flat. With the jointer, I do multiple passes until the bottom is flat like that. Once we have one flat face, we duplicate it on the opposite face with a machine called a planer. A last step I didn’t film is to square the boards. What I call squaring is to make sur the side and top/bottom faces are square. It’s easily done with the table saw but is very important for glue ups. That’s what you see me do here, turning the boards into a panel. If the boards are not square, the panel won’t be flat. The glue up itself is rather simple, we put glue on the sides, clamp them together with pipe clamps, add pressure and wait for an hour before removing everything. At this point, I have 3 panels: 2 for the shelves and 1 for the counter. I pass then in the drum sander which calibrate the panels to the same thickness. It also sands the faces which makes me gain time later on. With the panels done, we can get back to the templates and trace them on them. WIth a circular saw, I remove most of the material. In the video, the template might look straight but it isn’t at all. I can make multiple passes to get as close as possible to the line. I also cut the shelves to the right length. And I can sand down to the line. It’s the same process as the templates, it’s just a little longer because the panels are thicker than the MDF strips. At this point, I know that the shelves will match the wall perfectly. Talking of wall, let’s have a look at how the shelfs attach to it. The goal is to have a floating style so I opted for two cleats on which I insert the shelves. Once the shelves are in place, it’s completely invisible. The cleats are 1 inch, or for those who are listening from Europe, 2.5 cm. That’s what I’m marking here on the side of the shelf. I then use a dado blade on the table saw. It’s a larger blade with which I make multiple passes until the groove is at the final size. After couple passes, we have a groove on the side of the shelf and I simply repeat the process of both sides. At this step, the shelves are almost done. I round the edges, hand sand it and do the face with an orbital sander so that it’s smooth to the touch. Securing the counter to the wall is a bit different. Since it is much bigger and that the wall really isn’t straight, it wasn’t an option for me to slide it into place. I opted for cleats that are attached to the wall and the counter is dropped on them. Since it’s a counter, unless you are on all fours, it’s invisible. The first step to make the counter are the same as the shelves. I trace the template onto the panel. I remove most of the material with a circular saw. Here I remove the angle of the counter for instance. Then I use the sander to get close to the line. Similarities stop here, I will make the groove with a router to welcome the cleats. Routers are machines with a cutting bit that turn at high speed and remove material on their way. Here I make the second and last pass to have the final groove. With a chisel I can clean the imperfections. It doesn’t need to be very precise since it will be hidden. Even with a vacuum, it makes a lot of dust, so I leave you with this ASMR minute. The last step is the one I like the less. It’s to make a hole to welcome the bathroom sink. It’s a bit frustrating to make a hole in the middle of a beautiful panel. It’s also a bit stressful because if I make any mistake, I damage something on which I’ve spend hours of work. Most of the work is done with the plunging circular saw and the finition with a Japanese handsaw. Hello! The counter goes in the same room as the shelves, so I did the same details: I rounded the edges with a trim router followed by a hand sanding and surface sanding with the orbital sander. Now that the shelves and counter are finished, I just need to add a protective layer. I work mostly with the natural oils from Livos. It’s been years I use their products and I reached out to them to ask if they’d be interested exchanging their products against some video content. They were very welcoming and accepted. I really love their products because it’s easy to work with. Here I’m doing the third coat: you simply apply the oil, remove the excess before it dries and do 3 coats. It makes a unique finish, the grain of the wood pops and the most important if you know me a little bit, it is completely natural and ecological. Now that the making is done, I just have to install them. I find the stud with a detector, take the cleat with two screw that allow me to mark the wall where it will be attached. One of the screws goes in an anchor and the other one directly in the stud in order to have the maximum of rigidity. I then did the same thing for the cleats on the right side. The installation is always a bit stressful. It’s hard to know if it will fit right away. I must confess that when I dropped it, I was scared it wouldn’t fit but with a little push, it fell in its place… perfectly! You already had a preview the installation of the shelves at the beginning of the video so I will only show you the top one that I was already satisfied with as you can see. Here you go, I leave you with those pictures of the final installation. I hope you liked this project and video. Drop me a line in the comments and if you have any question, feel free to contact me. See you soon!