I’ve installed a few sets of floating shelves, but never anything like I was asked to do by one of my favorite customers. They wanted floating shelves in their kitchen, and they live in a straw bale home!
Except around the windows and doors, vertical studs were not used anywhere in the walls, but the owner assured me that the framers installed flat backing in that wall—they were certain of it, because they had planned on hanging cabinets there during construction. Of course, I wasn’t so certain. After all, what would they fasten the backing to?
Needless to say, I was feeling a little shaky going into this one. Before ordering any materials, I poked around a bit and found there was some backing in the walls, and it felt like 2x. But when I placed a 4-ft. level across the area, I found the walls were far from flat and I knew I’d be in for some serious scribing.