A Super-Simple to Build Ledge Shelf

DIY Plans to Build a Square Ledge Shelf

I will admit it… I love shelving – both building it and using it! Shelves are some of the easiest pieces to build and the DIY plans to build a Square Ledge Shelf are no different! The shelves feature a box frame, a flat top, and hang on the wall with a cleat! Trust me, it doesn’t get any quicker or easier! Plus, the plans are easy to customize for a longer or shorter shelf!

DIY Plans to Build a Square Ledge Shelf_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 1-1/2″ screws
  • 2-1/2″ screws
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×2 at 2′
  • 1 – 1×4 at 4′
  • 1 – 1×6 at 2′

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×4 at 4-1/4″ – Box Frame Sides
  • 1 – 1×4 at 23″ – Box Frame Front
  • 1 – 1×6 at 24″ – Top
  • 1 – 1×2 at 21-1/4″ – Cleat

DIY Plans to Build a Square Ledge Shelf

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the box frame sides and the box frame front. Secure the sides to the front using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Square Ledge Shelf_Frame

Step Two

Cut the piece for the top. The top will overhang by 1/2″ at the sides and front, and will be flush with the back edge of the sides. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Square Ledge Shelf_Top

Finish as desired.

Step Three

Cut the piece for the cleat to length. Secure the cleat to the wall studs, where the shelf will be hung, using 2-1/2″ screws. Position the shelf on top of the cleat and secure in place with 1-1/2″ screws through the top into the top edge of the cleat.

DIY Plans to Build a Square Ledge Shelf_Cleat

The DIY plans to build a Square Ledge Shelf are perfect for those new to woodworking as it uses straight off-the-shelf lumber to create. The shelf is an excellent piece for any room and will certainly fit in with any decor whether painted, stained, stenciled or distressed! Have any questions about the shelving plans? Leave a comment below!




Easy to Build Wall Mounted Shelf

DIY Wall Mounted Shelf with Crown Moulding

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When I decided to build the wall mounted desk from a set of previously posted plans, I was going to end up with a blank space above the desk on the wall. I wanted to build something plain and simple while using up part of my hoard of crown moulding scraps. This DIY wall mounted shelf with crown moulding is another really easy and inexpensive build. I used scrap pieces of plywood for the base with the scrap crown moulding, then added a reverse stenciled scroll on the front with cobalt blue glass knobs for hanging things. The shelf is the perfect width for photo frames or other small items.

DIY Wall Mounted Shelf with Crown Moulding

Materials:

Tools Needed:

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×4 at 6′
  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 8′ piece of crown moulding

Cut List:

  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 12″ x 46-1/2″ – Shelf Base
  • 1 – 1×4 at 54-1/2″ – Shelf Top
  • Crown moulding is cut to fit

Notes about the project:

I used a crown moulding jig to cut the crown for the shelf. There are several other ways to cut crown moulding – use the method you’re most comfortable with!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the shelf base and top. Mark the center of each piece (along one long edge of each piece). Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes along one long edge of the base piece. Line up the marks and secure the base to the top using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Wall Mounted Shelf with Crown Moulding - Cut Pieces

Step Two

Cut the crown moulding. There are a couple of options for this shelf… If you don’t want to mess with cutting the outside corners or angles or basically giving yourself a headache, the crown moulding can be cut straight then secured to the base and top, and the length of the top can be shortened. Since I like to “challenge myself”, I cut the crown moulding with angles on each side and added a return so that it wrapped around the sides of the shelf. The only problem is that I cut the returns too short. I left them that way and it still looks fine! I secured the longer piece of crown with 1-1/4″ brad nails, then secured the side pieces with the DAP® Rapid Fuse Wood Adhesive (this stuff is awesome!).

DIY Wall Mounted Shelf with Crown Moulding - Crown

DIY Wall Mounted Shelf with Crown Moulding - Crown Return

Step Three

I pre-drilled the holes for the knobs then decided to used a swirly design on the front of the shelf base. I painted the base grey, then applied the vinyl swirl and painted everything white. Once the paint was dry, I removed the vinyl.

DIY Wall Mounted Shelf with Crown Moulding - Swirl Design & Paint

Step Four

I installed the keyhole hangers on the back of the shelf, then installed the knobs. (See the how-to on painting clear glass knobs here!)

When it came time to install the shelf on the wall, I used auger anchors in the drywall, then hung the shelf on screws. I added a couple of old (really “old” by the kids’ standards) family photos!

DIY Wall Mounted Shelf with Crown Moulding with Desk

Have any questions about the DIY wall mounted shelf with crown moulding? Leave a comment below!




A Fabulous Piece of Wall Storage

DIY Plans to Build a Chalkboard Wall Shelf

This is a great piece for organizing an entryway or mudroom… The DIY plans to build a Chalkboard Wall Shelf feature three drawers with chalkboard center panels, curved sides and space below the bottom to add hooks. This shlef would also be a great way to hang pet leashes with toys and treats stored in the drawers! This is a super-easy build using brad nails as the fasteners, and can be completed in a weekend!

DIY Plans to Build a Chalkboard Wall Shelf_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/2″ brad nails (with a pneumatic nailer) OR
  • 2″ nails and a nailset with hammer
  • 1/2″ brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
  • Paste wax

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×6 at 6′
  • 1 – 1×8 at 4′
  • 1 – 1×12 at 4′
  • 2 – 1″ wide pine craft boards, 1/2″ thick (usually sold in 3′ or 4′ lengths)
  • 1 – 1-1/2″ wide pine craft boards, 1/2″ thick (usually sold in 3′ or 4′ lengths)
  • 1 – 5-1/2″ wide pine craft boards, 1/2″ thick (usually sold in 3′ or 4′ lengths)
  • 1 – 7-1/2″ wide pine craft boards, 1/2″ thick (usually sold in 3′ or 4′ lengths)
  • 1 – 1/4″ chalkboard panel (usually sold in 2′ x 4′ sheets)

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×6 at 10-3/4″ – Sides
  • 1 – 1×12 (ripped to 10-3/4″ wide) at 27″ – Back
  • 1 – 1×6 at 25-1/2″ – Bottom
  • 2 – 1×6 at 6″ – Dividers
  • 1 – 1×8 (ripped to 6-1/4″ wide) at 27″ – Top
  • 6 – 1/2″ x 5-1/2″ wide pine craft boards (ripped to 4-1/2″ wide) at 5-3/4″ – Drawer Sides
  • 3 – 1/2″ x 5-1/2″ wide pine craft boards (ripped to 4-1/2″ wide) at 6-3/4″ – Drawer Bottom
  • 3 – 1/2″ x 1-1/2″ wide pine craft boards at 5-3/4″ – Drawer Front (top)
  • 3 – 1/2″ x 1″ wide pine craft boards at 5-3/4″ – Drawer Front (bottom)
  • 6 – 1/2″ x 1″ wide pine craft boards at 5-3/4″ – Drawer Front (sides)
  • 3 – 1/4″ chalkboard panels at 3-3/4″ x 6-1/4″ – Drawer Front Panels
  • 3 – 1/2″ x 7-1/2″ wide pine craft boards (ripped to 5-3/4″ wide) at 7-3/4″ – Drawer Back

DIY Plans to Build a Chalkboard Wall Shelf

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Step One

Print the templates for the sides. Align the registration marks and tape the pieces together. Cut the pieces for the sides and trace the template on the pieces. Cut the sides using a jigsaw or a bandsaw.

DIY Plans to Build a Chalkboard Wall Shelf_Sides

Step Two

Cut the piece for the back. Secure the back to the back edge of the sides using glue and 1-1/2″ brad nails (or 2″ nails and a nailset).

DIY Plans to Build a Chalkboard Wall Shelf_Back

Step Three

Cut the piece for the bottom. Secure the bottom to the sides and back using glue and 1-1/2″ brad nails (or 2″ nails and a nailset).

DIY Plans to Build a Chalkboard Wall Shelf_Bottom

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the dividers. Secure the dividers to the bottom and the back using glue and 1-1/2″ brad nails (or 2″ nails and a nailset).

DIY Plans to Build a Chalkboard Wall Shelf_Dividers

Step Five

Cut the piece for the top. Secure the top to the sides, back, and dividers using glue and 1-1/2″ brad nails (or 2″ nails and a nailset).

DIY Plans to Build a Chalkboard Wall Shelf_Top

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the drawer bottoms and sides. Secure the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-1/2″ brad nails (or 2″ nails and a nailset).

DIY Plans to Build a Chalkboard Wall Shelf_Drawer Sides & Bottom

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the drawer front. Cut the notch in the 1-1/2″ piece (the top of the frame) using a jigsaw or a bandsaw. Assemble the frame with glue, clamping the pieces together.

DIY Plans to Build a Chalkboard Wall Shelf_Drawer Front 1

Step Eight

Cut the chalkboard panel pieces and secure to the back of the frame using glue and 1/2″ brad nails. This will help hold the frame together. Secure the drawer fronts to the drawer sides and bottom using glue and 1-1/2″ brad nails (or 2″ nails and a nailset).

DIY Plans to Build a Chalkboard Wall Shelf_Drawer Front 2

Step Nine

Cut the pieces for the drawer back. Secure the drawer back to the drawer sides and bottom using glue and 1-1/2″ brad nails (or 2″ nails and a nailset).

DIY Plans to Build a Chalkboard Wall Shelf_Drawer Back

Finish as desired, the apply a coat of paste wax to the bottom of each drawer to help them slide smoothly in the openings. Secure the shelf with long screws through the back into a wall stud – or two! A few metal hooks can be added to the lower portion of the back under the bottom.

This easy-to-build piece would also make a great accent in a bathroom to hold small toiletries and towels! Have any questions for the DIY plans to build a Chalkboard Wall Shelf? Leave a comment below!




A Fabulous Wall Shelf for Any Space

DIY Plans to Build an Atlantic Wall Shelf

I love the idea of this wall shelf – especially in places where space is at a minimum! The DIY plans to build an Atlantic Wall Shelf feature a shelf on top, three open cubbies, and decorative metal shelf brackets. This shelf is so easy to build using plywood and can be finished in a variety of ways in a few hours!

DIY Plans to Build an Atlantic Wall Shelf_Copy

DIY Plans to Build an Atlantic Wall Shelf_Copy 2

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 2 decorative metal shelf brackets
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 11-11/16″ x 16-1/4″ – Sides
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 10-1/4″ x 21-1/2″ – Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 15-1/2″ x 21-1/2″ – Back
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 2-1/2″ x 21-1/2″ – Front
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 7-3/8″ x 10-1/4″ – Divider
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 8-3/4″ x 21-1/2″ – Shelf
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 9-1/2″ x 23″ – Top

DIY Plans to Build an Atlantic Wall Shelf

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Step One

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly!

Cut the pieces for the sides. Draw the lines for the angles on each piece and cut with a jigsaw or a bandsaw.

DIY Plans to Build an Atlantic Wall Shelf_Sides

Step Two

Cut the piece for the bottom. Secure the bottom to the lower edges of the sides with the back edges flush using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build an Atlantic Wall Shelf_Bottom

Step Three

Cut the piece for the back. Secure the back to the sides and the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build an Atlantic Wall Shelf_Back

Step Four

Cut the piece for the front. Secure to the lower angled edges of the sides, flush with the bottom, using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build an Atlantic Wall Shelf_Front

Step Five

Cut the piece for the divider. Draw the lines for the angles and cut with a jigsaw or a bandsaw. Secure the divider to the bottom, back, and front using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build an Atlantic Wall Shelf_Divider 1

DIY Plans to Build an Atlantic Wall Shelf_Divider 2

Step Six

Cut the piece for the shelf. Secure to the sides and back using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. Add a few brad nails through the shelf into the top of the divider.

DIY Plans to Build an Atlantic Wall Shelf_Shelf

Step Seven

Cut the piece for the top. Secure to the top of the sides and back using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build an Atlantic Wall Shelf_Top

Step Eight

Attach the shelf brackets to the bottom.

DIY Plans to Build an Atlantic Wall Shelf_Brackets

Finish as desired. As a side note, the shelf itself should be secured to the wall studs.

This shelf would be a fabulous addition to a bathroom (as shown in the initial plan drawing) or in a mudroom to hold hats and scarves! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build an Atlantic Wall Shelf? Leave a comment below!




A Really Neat Piece of Rolling Storage to Build

DIY Plans to Build a Warner Storage Shelf

Here is a piece for storage that is easy and inexpensive to build… The DIY plans to build a Warner Storage Shelf feature a total of ten cubbies to keep books or other things neatly stored and within easy reach! The casters add portability to this stylish shelf that will be perfect in any room!

DIY Plans to Build a Warner Storage Shelf_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 4 – 2″ casters
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×2 at 6′
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 3 – 3/4″ plywood at 21″ x 21″ – Bottom Middle Shelf, & Top
  • 2 – 1×2 at 15″ – Base Frame
  • 2 – 1×2 at 18″ – Base Frame
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 11″ x 21″ – Lower Divider 1
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 10-1/8″ x 11″ – Lower Dividers 2
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 10″ x 21″ – Upper Divider 1
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 9-1/8″ x 10″ – Upper Dividers 2

DIY Plans to Build a Warner Storage Shelf

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Step One

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly.

Cut the pieces for the bottom, middle shelf, top, and the base frame. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter base frame pieces. Assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Secure the base frame onto the piece for the bottom. The frame will be centered with a 1-1/2″ “border” on all sides. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Warner Storage Shelf_Bottom

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the lower divider 1. Drill pocket holes along one long edge then secure the divider to the bottom as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Cut the pieces for the lower dividers 2. Drill pocket holes in the back edge as well as the bottom edges. Treat the pieces as if there are two left pieces and two right pieces. This way, the pocket holes will face inside and will be hidden. Secure the lower dividers 2 to the lower divider 1 and the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Warner Storage Shelf_Lower Divider 1

DIY Plans to Build a Warner Storage Shelf_Lower Dividers 2

Step Three

Position the middle shelf on top of the lower dividers. Secure the shelf in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Warner Storage Shelf_Middle Shelf

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the upper divider 1. Drill pocket holes along one long edge then secure the divider to the bottom as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Cut the pieces for the upper dividers 2. Drill pocket holes in the back edge as well as the bottom edge. Secure the upper dividers 2 to the upper divider 1 and the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Warner Storage Shelf_Upper Divider 1

DIY Plans to Build a Warner Storage Shelf_Upper Dividers 2

Step Five

Position the top on the lower dividers. Secure the top in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Warner Storage Shelf_Top

Finish as desired. Install the casters according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions!

DIY Plans to Build a Warner Storage Shelf_Casters

The DIY plans to build a Warner Storage Shelf are excellent for beginners. The storage shelf would be a great addition to a kid’s room to corral toys or even in the bathroom as towel and toiletry storage! Have any questions? Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!




Free Plans to Build a Viva Terra Inspired Elmwood Modular Shelving

Free Plans to Build a Viva Terra Inspired Elmwood Modular Shelving

Today’s plans are for a hefty piece of modular shelving. Very rustic looking and functional, this will be an awesome addition to any decor!

Free Plans to Build a Viva Terra Inspired Elmwood Modular Shelving

Materials:

  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 3″ screws
  • 10 – 6″ metal angle brackets (spray paint them, if desired)
  • Finishing supplies

Lumber:

  • 3 – 2×6 at 6′
  • 1 – 2×8 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 3 – 2×6 at 63″ – Back
  • 5 – 2×8 at 16-1/2″ – Shelves

 

Click on the drawings to enlarge them!

1. Cut the pieces for the back. Drill pocket holes in two of the boards (as shown) and join the boards using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Mark the position of the shelves and draw placement lines on the front and the back. Drill countersunk pilot holes for the shelves from the back.

 Free Plans to Build a Viva Terra Inspired Elmwood Modular Shelving_Back

2. Cut the pieces for the shelves. Secure to the back using glue and 3″ countersunk screws. For extra stability, add two metal angle brackets under each shelf.

 Free Plans to Build a Viva Terra Inspired Elmwood Modular Shelving_Shelves

Finish as desired.

 

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Until next time,

Happy Creating!

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