Free plans to build your own giant letter Z shelf! Step by step instructions with diagrams, shopping list and cut list to build your own Z wall shelf!
2 – 1x6 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1/4” plywood 23 ½” x 29”
(for both A and Z letters buy a 1/2 sheet of 1/4" plywood)
1 1/4" Pocket Hole Screws
2” (could get away with smaller) finish nails and wood glue
Hanging Bracket/Hardware that attaches to back (HEAVY DUTY!!!!)
4 – 1x6 @ 23 1/2"
2 – 1x6 @ 19 5/8” (long point to short point, both ends cut at 40 degrees off square, ends ARE parallel)
1 – 1x6 @ 9” (long point to short point, both ends cut at 40 degrees off square, ends ARE parallel)
6 – 1x6 @ 5 1/2"2
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Let's start on the inside and work outward! I recommend attaching with countersunk screws and glue. Glue, glue, glue!
And then add the shelf. Note that you can add shelf at any height.
You'll need to attach these shelf dividers with 3/4" PHs and 1 1/4" PH screws and glue.
And finally attach the top and bottom shelf.
For hanging the shelves, I highly recommend adding some 1x2s inside the letter to give you something to screw directly into the wall into a stud in the wall. These shelves will be very very heavy and we don't want them falling off the wall! When you do hang it, it is very important to secure the structure of the letter (the 1x6s or the added 1x2 cleats) into a stud in the wall and use the appropriate hanging system for the weight of your shelf. Also consider added weight of shelf objects in hanging this shelf.
DISCLAIMER: This shelf will be heavy. Hang and use at your own risk.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.