Ten Dollar Ledge Project Video

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 01/26/2012 - 00:00

Have you made the $10 Ledges yet? They are inspired by ledges from Pottery Barn that, as Whitney puts it, cost eight times as much for half the length.

With this years big blog goal to add more video tutorials, the $10 Ledge Plans were top on my list for creating a video tutorial.  Always trying to give you new ideas and more, the video shows how you can use pocket holes to create the $10 ledges.

There are many many many more amazing brag posts of ten dollar ledges - everything from walls of kids books

Thanks Kara!
These easy to make shelves are a great first time project. Check out the plans and lots more brag posts here.

Judy Anstess (not verified)

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 21:00

Is this Gina, my second cousin from Sacramento? If it is, what a small world. I couldn't miss those blue eyes of yours anywhere. Please email me back if it is you. Judy
Judy Anstess: (your mom Deb's cousin) janstess86@gmail.com
I am into making art and furniture from reclamied wood. Hope it really is you., and you are doing well with Steve..Judy

Derek (not verified)

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 23:26

I was thinking the same thing...I built mine in a matter of minutes and then sat puzzled as to how to hang them :) I'm hoping there's a "Here's how to hang the awesome ledges you just created" video that I just haven't stumbled upon yet...care to clue us in Ana?

Ana White

Thu, 01/26/2012 - 11:45

For this project in the video, we drilled pocket holes on the back side, and used them as "keyholes" for hanging with screws in the wall.

For the ones at my house, I just screwed through the back into studs in the wall - the frames covered all screws.

You could also use D-rings or any other type of picture hanging kit. Just make sure you are properly secured to the wall and the hanging kit is appropriate for the shelf weight and contents.

Hope this helps! Thanks everyone for checking out the video - hope to be able to add more videos over time!


Thu, 01/26/2012 - 12:02

I really like the way your video tutorials are progressing. Give it a year and we'll be seeing Ana White tutorial DVDs selling with Rob Cosman and Christopher Schwarz.


Thu, 01/26/2012 - 15:50

I love these shelves and have acually been eyeing the PB ones - I'm so excited to make them myself now! One questions, however ... it does seem that drilling straight through the back into the studs would be the most secure way to hang these shelves. Our house has metal framework and I'm not sure if that shoudl be treated the same as wood studs or not - can someone please tell me what the best way to secure something into metal studs is??

In reply to by tatifl


Fri, 01/27/2012 - 06:52

You can buy butterfly bolts that clamp pretty solidly to the wall. You have to drill through the drywall and avoid the studs in that case.

It is technically possible to drill into some kinds of metal stud, if you have the ones shaped like a 2x4. If you have the kind that are an open wire grid, it doesn't work so well.


Sun, 01/29/2012 - 23:33

Your new video tutorial is AWESOME!! I loved it. Very well done. You can hear you very clearly and I loved seeing the different camera angels. Some close ups would be great but so far... SO GREAT!!!! :-)


Mon, 01/30/2012 - 04:01

Ana, Just watched your video tutorial for this and agree with Clay they are looking very professional, love the intro. I especially loved the Handbag hanging on the back wall :-).

Keep it up you have inspired me greatly ever since I found your blog way back in early 2010

Gerald S. (not verified)

Fri, 04/27/2012 - 21:02

I’ve have been doing woodworking for years. My friends keep telling me to get a Kreg Jig. My answer has always been, serious woodworkers don’t use Kreg Jigs!
I’m in the process of finishing a bathroom and I have to make a custom mirror. ( can’t find one we like) Running short on time, I half heartedly decided to buy a Kreg Jig. The lady at the store handed me a piece of paper and written on it was Anawhite.com. I asked her whats this? She told me to check your site out maybe I could learn something! I laughed and said ya whatever.
So tonight I was working on the computer and someone called. Looking for a piece of paper to take down a number, I pulled one out of my pocket and saw Anawhite.com. What the heck I’ll check it out it can’t be that bad.
So first of all, I’m so totally impressed by you and the people that post on your site that I owe you and them an apology. I consider woodworking as work, you make it fun!
Second, you really need to get a show on DYI network. That channel runs 24/7 at this house and the only thing missing is you. I really enjoyed your site.

masaji terasawa (not verified)

Wed, 05/09/2012 - 07:57

Hello, Anna
Thank you youer creativity in cold Araska. I live in warm Florida with fresh fruit vegetable garden. I wonder why you do live such a cold country. Please let me know. www.masajicandyman.com

Desert Runner

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:22

Great video. I love your blue accented work bench used in the video. It looks very handy. Can you tell me who manufactures the work bench shown?

I want to get started on some projects and it would be a perfect tool to use.Thanks.

Lucio Castro (not verified)

Wed, 09/26/2012 - 09:18

Very nice video. I'm Brazilian and I was surfing the net for some DIY ideas. in Brazil I am language teacher and I was looking for simple ledges for my most used books and have them above my work desk. More than the ledge itself I got impressed with the simple and very effective way you presented your video. It sounds very professional in my point of view. Excellent sound and clear image. Congratulations! And I would like to add that I am fan of bird nests. I have built three of them. Every new birdnest more sophisticated than the previous one. You could open a "Visitors' Section" for us to show our homemade furniture and decoration items inspired on your works or simply to show some of our ideas. Congratulations again!


Sat, 04/26/2014 - 08:55

just bought my first kreg jig today plus the lumber...so excited to get started:)

I was wondering, as well, about the work bench you use. It's the perfect size for my small workspace and have been doing some online shopping for just the right bench but haven't found one that speaks to me yet.

Thank you for this wonderful blog:)