I love these shelves. So simple to build and still make a big impact. I built mine just a little different from the plan. I used 1x3 furring strips for the bottom and back pieces instead of 1x4's and then ripped a 1" strip from another 1x3 for each shelf to create the front trim piece instead of a 1x2. The shorter front trim piece gives me just enough ledge to keep the frames from slipping off the ledge, but provides maxium display area for the art work.
For three shelves just like these you need:
- 7 - 1 x 3 x 8' furring strips
- Special Walnut Stain from Minwax
- Satin Poly for finish (I also used Minwax for this too)
They were assembled using 2" fiinishing nails and lots of wood glue.