Easy to make modern floating shelf out of 1x3s and 1/4" plywood. Customize to any length!
1 - 1/4" thick 24" x 48" project panel
2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
Long wood screws for hanging (at least 2-1/2")
2 - 1x3 @ 48"
5 - 1x3 @ 6-1/2"
2 - 1/4" plywood @ 48" x 8" (cut to fit)
1 - 1/4" plywood @ 48" x 3" (cut to fit)
2 - 1/4" plywood @ 8-1/4" x 3" (cut to fit)
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!
Build the basic frame for the shelf.
Attach 1/4" plywood or MDF to the bottom of the shelf with 3/4" finish nails and glue (can use 1" nails too).
Cut to fit the plywood strips for the sides. Attach front plywood strip with 3/4" nails and glue.
Attach side plywood pieces.
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.