How to Make a Homemade Corner Shelf How to Make a Homemade Corner Shelf

What You'll Need
1 foot x 5 feet x 1/2 inch thick piece of wood
Table saw
1 1/2 inch finishing nails
Tape measure
Straight edge

If you like working with wood, a homemade corner shelf might be just the project for you. It can be a place for a lamp, a plant, or maybe your tools while you’re working on a new project. Here are the steps you need to get started.

Step 1 - Measure out the Shelf

On the long end of your board, make a mark at 12 inches with your pencil. Take the straight edge, starting at the dot from your pencil, and draw a line from there to the opposite corner of the wood. This should end up being a triangle with a 90 degree angle and two 45 degree angles.

Step 2 - Draw out the Supporting Wood Strips

Go to the other end of the board, opposite the triangle, and measure our two ½ inch strips of wood. These strips will be used to support the shelf. Along their long side (the 12 inch one), measure 3 inches to cut off so that the supports don’t hit the edge of the shelf. Make one of the pieces ½ inch shorter than the other to make up for the thickness of the wood. You should have one strip that is ½ inch x 8 ½ inch and the other that is ½ inch x 9 inches. If you plan to put something heavy on your shelf, consider making the strips thicker and adding a third one to use in the middle. That piece should be shorter than the others.

Step 3 - Cut out the Wood for the Corner Shelf

Take the wood to the table saw and cut the pieces you want on the lines that you have drawn on the wood. You should now be looking at one triangle and two strips of wood. Go to the corner of the room where you want to put the corner shelf and decide exactly how high that you would like to have your shelf. From the floor, measure accordingly and mark the corner at that height. Then mark the same height on each wall about 8 inches away from the corner.

Step 4 - Nail the Shelf Up

Take your wood strips with their best side showing and use the finishing nails to nail them to the wall. Take your triangle and place it on the two strips of wood you have nailed to the wall. Using short finishing nails, you can now nail the triangle into the tops of both of the wood strips.

Step 5 - Final Touches

Fill the nail heads in with wood putty if there are noticeable divots in the wood. Seal the gaps with caulk, if there are any. Make sure it is a caulk that you can paint over. Allow the putty and caulk to dry for the time specified on the tubing. Then stain or paint your shelf based on your desires. Once the paint has dried completely, your corner shelf is ready for use.



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