The 5 Shelf

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 12/14/2010 - 21:16
Difficulty
Beginner
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About Project

One simple shelf, five dollars, five ways . . . or more.

Preparation

Shopping List

1 – 1×6 board, 5 feet long
2 metal angles like these – they are just used to hang the shelves on the wall – don’t need anything fancy here. Check the hardware aisle.
3/4″ screws (you will only need 4 – two for each metal brace)
2″ screws (for attaching to the wall, use a dry wall anchoring system if you can’t locate a stud or wish to place the shelf not on a stud)

Cut List

1 – 1×6 @ 36″
1 – 1×6 @ 15″
1 – 1×6 @ 9″

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Jigsaw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set

Instructions

Step 1

Notch Boards

Measure and mark the boards as shown above. Carefully cut the notches out with the jigsaw. I make the side cuts first, then go back and make a curved cut from the side to the opposite corner, and then go back and cut to the remaining corner.

Step 2

Assemble

Now at this stage, you really want to test the fit. Make sure the boards fit together snug. Pull apart and apply glue. Reassemble and adjust for square and let the glue dry.

Step 3

Hanging

Now use the metal angle braces to hang the shelves as you would any picture or shelf. If you cannot locate a stud in the wall, you can use a drywall anchoring system. Also, if you are planning on storing little weight (less than 16 pounds total) you can use Command strips from 3M – that’s what’s holding my shelves up!

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