25 Dec. 1996|
How to make a floating shelf out of wood,kitchen spice rack design,best diy clothing projects - Reviews
And you know we love that Ana proves that woodworking isn’t only about guys in overalls. So a big thank you to the amazing Ana for whipping up such a fantastic make-it-yourself shelf tutorial.
I’m moving into my first house in a month and I was really wanting Knock Off Wood to have a tutorial on these shelves!
Thanks to Allison at House of Hepworths and Shannon at AKA Design for featuring my shelves!
Before we started building the shelves, I rough sketched a drawing of how I wanted them to look.
This is what I envisioned the shelves looking like if you were a giant that was looking straight down on them. To make everything look as seamless as possible, I wanted the width of the top board (AKA top of the shelf), hidden side support brace boards, and bottom board (AKA the bottom of the shelf) to equal the height of the front piece (AKA the front of the shelf) so that when everything was put together, each shelf would look like one chunky piece of solid wood. Once we had an idea of how the shelves were going to be built, we headed to Lowe's to get our supplies.
Sidenote: Even though they looked OK in the store, the furring strips we bought weren't the same width so it was difficult to make the hidden inner frame pieces an equal height all around. To assemble the hidden inner frames, we used wood screws to screw each of the 8" furring strip support pieces into the back support piece from the back. TIP: Make sure you leave plenty of clearance around your plumbing pipes so you don't screw into them! After we had the first hidden inner frame hung, we measured 12" from the top line we marked earlier and made another mark for the bottom of the upper shelf. At this point, I did a test fit of each of the top and bottom shelf pieces since my pieces of whitewood were bowed and I didn't want to stain one side of the wood only to find out that it didn't fit where I had planned on putting it. An hour later the lacquer had dried which meant that it was time to attach the top and bottom shelves to the hidden inner frame. After the wood glue set up and the shelf was no longer wiggly, I hammered in a few finishing nails along the back edge of the shelf.
To attach the bottom shelf, I used the same wood screws I used to screw the hidden inner frame into the wall. When the second shelf was finished, it was time to attach the front facing piece to each shelf.
After about 20 minutes, the top shelf's front piece was pretty much stuck in place so I let go of it and moved on to attaching the lower shelf's front piece. I waited 24 hours before I put anything on the shelves just to make sure they weren't going to come crashing down. The cost of wood for all 3 shelves was around $45 making these bad boys $15 a piece for wood… Yup.
Made three shelves, modifying the sizes to fit our kitchen….and they turned out fantastic!
I want to make floating shelves that aren’t so thick, and also possibly slightly more simple. I measured the distance of how high I wanted the the shelves to be and tacked my cleats ( I used a small level on each cleat to make sure they were level) to the wall with finish nails using the nail gun.
Quick tip: Use your tallest object that you want on the shelves as a guide to make sure you have the right height for your shelves. Do-It-Yourself renovations, project tutorials, room makevers and bits of what life is like living together under one roof. Floating shelves aren’t always very sturdy, so I am loving this idea for our future laundry room reno. We cut the wood ourselves but they will cut the wood (if you bring the measurements) to Home Depot or lowes.
And you may even be able to get the store to make the exact cuts in the list below, which will save you from any at-home sawing! Just like you would add a back to an IKEA bookcase, tack the plywood to the tops and bottoms of the shelf. A huge thank you also goes out to Kate at Centsational Girl for featuring my shelves in her 'Best of the Blogosphere' round up! We spent over an hour in the store deciding on what kind of wood to buy, what cuts needed to be made in the store (so we could get the wood in my car), and how thick to make the shelves. If I were to build the shelves all over again, I would purchase a different type of wood to make the inner frame with.
We made sure that the side pieces were lined up with the edge of the back piece but we didn't worry about the spacing of the middle support pieces since no one would see them and we weren't planning on putting heavy objects on the shelves anyway. To figure out the placement of the bottom shelf, I measured 4 feet up from the tile floor (no reason, just liked the height) and made a mark. I attached the top of the lower shelf first by flipping the board over to the non-stained side and running a small band of wood glue around all of the edges EXCEPT for the front edge. I held the board up underneath the frame (stain side out) and screwed one screw into the center middle support. In order for the shelves to look as professional and seamless as possible, I knew I couldn't use nails or screws so I used wood glue for the top shelf's front piece and Liquid Nails for the bottom shelf's front piece.
It shows the front trim board being flush with the whole shelf and not sitting under the10″ top board. I am very excited to build these and had no idea about the actual lumbar thickness, I wanted to make sure it would all work out before buying the lumbar and making the cuts. I ripped out some ugly, old cabinets in my laundry room and built these (in 14* temps with snow on the workbench)! If you cannot locate a stud, then you will need to use drywall anchors to hang your shelves.
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We can’t believe that she actually whipped up a pair for herself (she wanted to be sure that the plans that she provided were as accurate and detailed as possible). Then I measured 4" (the overall height of our shelves) up from that line and made another mark. Once they were even, I pressed the front piece against the rest of the shelf and held it for what felt like forever (Note to self: buy clamps!).
Unlike your bathroom however, my shower is on the other side of my jacuzzi separated by a small wall. I think you’d be much happier with these features as they really are designed to make it even easier to use. To give the illusion that the space was larger, we decided to create DIY floating shelves out of plywood and pine. By adding a piece of pine to the edge, not only did it give the illusion that the folding table was a thick shelf, it also added stability to the folding table and prevented the AC plywood from sagging. You can always do a test by bringing home a bit of wood and applying the stain before building anything- just to be sure you like the color and the overall effect.
I made sure to set the screws back about halfway from the front so they wouldn't be visible when looking at the shelves. Some wood glue did seep out the bottom so I had my boyfriend grab me some damp paper towels that I could use to wipe the glue up with. I made sure that the top edge of the front piece matched the top of the shelf perfectly and then pressed the board into place for another 20 minutes.
So the stalking starts today with my favorite feature in your home, those floating shelves in your dining area. And to yet another group of people, having solid homemade shelves is totally worth the time and satisfaction upon completion.
Can I tell you how awesome cordless tools are… Especially for indoor projects like this one! I love the look of the shelves on the left so much, but don’t know what to do on the opposite wall, if anything.
In order to create this illusion, we used finish nails to tack a piece of pine to the edge of the shelf. Be sure to check out the full laundry room reveal where you will find many more pictures as well as the resource list for this space.