Re: Building a rustic shelf from old lumber
I personally would try to keep the entire thing looking as rustic as possible, that means that traditionally cut corbels aren't going to look right against the rough hewn shelf material. I would look for some wrought iron style shelf brackets, possibly even have some made. You could make your own with some steel strap, hammer the bejezus out of it to give it that blacksmithed look, bend it into a right angle, then drill attachment holes for both the shelf and to attach to the masonry. I would then install studs into the masonry and use square nuts to secure the shelf to the wall. Paint all the hardware matte black.
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