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02.01.2015, admin  
Category: Toybox Woodworking Plans

I've been wanting some big floating shelves like that for awhile now, but don't live anywhere near an Ikea. Floating shelves look very modern and don't take any space on the ground which is very important if you have a small apartment as I do.
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. After we cut the furring strips into 8" pieces, we started to build the two hidden inner frames. 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.
Over 100 woodworking plans from Woodsmith, ShopNotes, Workbench, and Garden Gate magazines available for download. Expert advice on woodworking and furniture making, with thousands of howto videos, stepbystep articles, project plans, photo galleries, tool reviews, blogs, and more. 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.


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. Floating shelves are one of may favorite ways to add useable decorating space in our small home. Then I measured 4" (the overall height of our shelves) up from that line and made another mark. Then I screwed 1 screw into the remaining 2 middle supports and 1 screw into each side support for a total of 5 screws. 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!).
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I made sure to set the screws back about halfway from the front so they wouldn't be visible when looking at the shelves.
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.



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