Make Your Own Shelves Diy

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In your day to day activities, you probably encounter the use of shelves or you use the shelves yourself. Shelves are found in most work places like supermarkets, offices, libraries and even in your kitchen. While there can be many types of shelves depending on their purposes and materials they are made from, this article aims at showing you how you can make your own floating wooden shelf.

Cutting out wooden panels for every shelf

You should correctly choose the panel’s size so that it correctly corresponds to the finished shelf’s size. A nice wood or a plywood or then a nicer veneer or paint is applied later.

Cutting out of strip woods

You should then cut out two or more long 1-by-2-inch pieces of wood. One is cut into pieces then put between the panels so that a hollow core shelf can be created that fits over a shelf that is put on your wall. The shelf mount is the formed by the second one. You should also have in mind that the parts that form the inside of the shelf framework should be put narrow-side down inside the shelf; that will boost by 2 inches the height of the shelf you are putting up.

Cutting of strips

The 1-by-2-inch wood is cut into three parts, the two’s length should be equal to that of the panel’s width and the other one’s length should equal that of the panel’s length. The width of the panels should be fitted by the two shorter panels. The piece with greater length should fit between the two pieces and take care of the width. Once you have cut them, put the pieces onto the panel so that they make a good looking frame around the areas surrounding the panel.

Attaching of strips

All the 3 strips (1-by-2inch pieces) to either of the 2 panels. You should then place one panel on a level ground then carefully set out the pieces on the panel so that they form three flowing edges. A line of wood glue is then run on every strip’s top and the second panel is placed on top. Using finishing nails, every piece is attached to the top panel.

Attaching of the second panel

The second panel is then attached at the frame’s top. The first panel flipped (the one joined with the shelf framework,) so that the wooden strips’ bottoms can be exposed. A line of wood glue is again run along every strip’s top.


After the shelf has dried for at least one to two hours, use a 220 grit paper and an orbital sander to make the finished shelf smooth. By using the sander, the whole shelf should be evened out. This will bring some flawlessness in it and make it more adhering to finishing.


After going through all the above steps, you should round up the shelf by painting it using either a veneer, paint, stain or any other finishing solution. You should also ensure that the wood’s grain is kept consistent if you are using veneer to finish your shelf then leave it to dry.


Put the shelf mount on the wall first by attaching it to the wall using wall studs. After that, slide the shelf to fit in like a glove. Finally apply glue so that the shelf is permanently attached to the wall.


While the process of making you shelf is tiresome, when it is finally made, it gives a beautiful view of either your workplace or your home. They are not very complicated to make though as illustrated above. Especially the floating shelves.