Sleek/Small/Wooden Corner Wall Shelf

Hi there!  I am no woodworker, but I do enjoy a DIY project here and there.  I am wondering how hard it would be to make this corner shelf?  It looks incredible, simple, sleek, and perfect for storing computer software and the like.  I don't understand why they are selling it for 90 euros (120 USD).  It seems simple enough to make.

Would it be possible to make this in good quality?  If anyone is an avid woodworker and finds interest in this challenge, I would be very grateful if they would make a great Instructable on it.

Size: H 250mm, W 420mm, D 250mm
Material: Solid oak

Thanks very much!

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ilpug5 years ago
This look pretty simple. YOu could probably make one with one plank of wood, one packet of nails/screws, a drill, a handsaw, and maybe a quide square.

You could mount it with L-brackets to studs, and it would hang fine. I kind of want to do this...
imdomi5 years ago
In response. I think a 10 foot two by four would be about $5. This looks like less than 6 feet to me. Something with a nicer grain pattern may be more, but it's not a lot. Consider it a training fee, knowing how to make and fix furniture will save you future money.

I'm not a pro woodworker, but I build things often. Since you are new I would say to skip the fancy ways to do the edges and start simple. As for clamps, you do need to clamp wood, but if you don't have the cash you should be able to keep pressure on for the glue. I just made a bunch of picture frames and to glue them I used a metal square box and two heavy weight lifting weights to hold the joint tight. Clamps are easier but you can figure out another way.

You can also do without a miter box, although it's also probably cheap and worth it (but everything adds up). Draw good lines for your angles and cut just a bit outside. Use (and buy) some sandpaper (medium grain probably) to get the edges nice. [since your new i'll mention that you wrap the sandpaper around a scrap wood piece to have a flat sanding edge].

Really the best thing you could do would be to find some scrap wood and try stuff first. If no scrap is around just buy something smaller and cheaper to try first so you can see how it will all work. Something like

At only 75 cents for 8 feet (it's much narrower) you can try cutting and gluing and all that out first. I'm sure hand sawing through 2 by 4's will not be pleasant, especially if you make a mistake and need to redo things. So just make a mini version first and the final shelf will likely come out much better since you'll know what works.
imdomi5 years ago
One serious note, If you are having trouble visualizing (and planning) the cuts here is a simple way to get it right:

- get a 2 by 4 or other piece of wood

- cut two long pieces and two short pieces. These cuts need to be at a 45 degree angle. Each end of each piece should be cut in the opposite direction. For example if you imagined the end angles continued after the wood, they would come to a point (or form a triangle) on one side.

-Now you have two long and two short, glue them together like a box or picture frame (use wood glue and clamps)

-let it dry

-Now cut your box into two pieces at a 45 degree angle

-Flip one side around (should be easy to see how it goes now) and reglue.
TheGlowingCurve (author)  imdomi5 years ago
Haha, I love the mass production scheme :)

On the serious note, wow -- that's exactly what I needed to help me visualize it. I do still have two minor issues, though:

First, I still am not confident about joining the corners. I'm getting the impression that even if I have the proper clamps(?) to do that part, I should still use dowels. It doesn't sound easy to align it all perfectly and make a clean joint with the dowels.

The other problem is the money issue of getting the tools and supplies, although I am realizing I don't need as much as I imagined. I would need to buy the wood (is it really just $2-3? I'd want something good quality...), the dowels, a corner clamp(?), I guess a miter box is what makes the 45 degree cuts, and then I have a hand saw and wood glue. Am I missing anything on the list?

Thanks very much for your help!
You guys are starting to convince me to give this a go myself...
imdomi5 years ago
just a note, books are heavy, and at that price I would hope this is a shelf which isn't falling off the wall.

one option (and maybe this is the case here) is to have a wall mounted metal frame which mounts securely and then this have a metal bracket which slides on to that. There may also be metal pegs coming out of a wall mounted which lock on (maybe what those two dark spots near the middle are).

I've had simple looking shelves which which worked like this.

Here's an example of the peg option:
headset5 years ago
I am interested in making this - the angles and fitting are no problem, but how is it mounted to the wall?

TheGlowingCurve (author)  headset5 years ago
Awesome! I was planning to get to it when I had some time and money on my hands, but if you do and have a little extra time, I would love to see an instructable on it! There were a few suggestions below about how to mount it. I think RedneckEngineer was saying that it looks like it's mounted with dowels, because it's slightly out from the wall. Imdomi suggested a more heavy duty alternative, a wall-mounted metal frame with metal brackets that slides onto it, like here.

Good luck, pal!
oskaruin5 years ago
I suppose that except for joiner's glue in a butt end (on joints on 45-) there must be connections a «thorn is a slot» for more durable fastening. To the wall comfortably to fasten 2-strange skotchlentoy.
I think its that much because of man hours and such.
Oh, that is just too neat. It does look very simple... the only tricky bit would be the corner.

I do hope someone tackles this. :D
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