Building a wall shelf

Job description:

Very useful, wall shelves offer many possibilities for storage. Inexpensive, they are simple to make and you don't need much time or specific tools.

Skill level: 1 – Beginner

Materials required:

  • A wooden plank of at least 2 cm thick
  • A handsaw
  • A tape measure
  • A drill
  • A screwdriver
  • Wood glue
  • Wood screws and plugs of the same diameter

Step by step guide to building a wall shelf:

1. For the shelf itself, cut a rectangle the size you want with a handsaw. The more your shelf is deep, the more your brackets must be long, to effectively support the shelf.

2. For the brackets, cut two small rectangles of wood , the size should be proportional to size of the shelf. Saw these two pieces diagonally before sanding them in order to break the edges to get perfect squares.

3. Be sure to securely fasten the brackets; it is better to use the technique of "glued plugs", on one of the faces of the shelf.

4. Drill two holes aligned vertically by 1 cm deep in both sides of the shelf a few inches from the edge. During this operation you have to be very careful because the wood must not be totally pierced.

5. Install an elastic on the drill to mark this measurement, it will prevent driving the drill too far into the wood.

6. Drill two holes symmetrical to those of the shelf so that parts can then perfectly fit.

7. Once drilled, turn the shelf and brackets over to empty the sawdust.

8. When all parts are ready, put a few drops of glue into each hole, push the pegs and assemble the parts of the shelf.

9. Using the drill, attach the shelf to the wall using raw plugs suitable for your wall and heavy screws

If you are unsure, you might want to contact a local carpenter.

The information provided in this guide is to be used strictly for guidance only. We recommend you always read the manufacturer's instructions.