Introduction: A Shelf With 1 Screw

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A simple shelf for a workshop

Step 1: Material

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You need a long board for the back and short boards for the shelf

Mark the position for the short boards where ever you want

Step 2: Make Your First Cut

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The height of the saw blade is 1/4 of the width of the long board

Step 3: Add a Spacer

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and make your second cut.

The width of the spacer = the thickness of your short boards minus the thickness of your table saw blade

Step 4: Remove Material

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make so many cuts you need

Step 5: Adjust the Tablesaw

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The height of the blade should be the thickness of the long board

Step 6: Make a First Cut in the Shelf

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You can calculate, where this cut is to make but it is not important. Somewhere near the centre is good.

Step 7: Make a Second Cut

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Use a 2nd spacer

The width of this spacer = the width between two opposite cuts of the long board minus the thickness of your table saw blade

Step 8: Remove the Material Between the Cuts

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Repeat this steps for any shelf.

Step 9: Put the Shelfs on the Long Board

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use a mallet if necessary

Step 10: Drill a Hole

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or 2, if you want.

Step 11: Screw It on the Wall

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and fill it with stuff.

Step 12: Look at This Video

for all steps


Haagimus made it! (author)2016-04-08

made smaller ones of this design for my kids collector cars

mrezair (author)Haagimus2016-05-30


StephanP1 (author)Haagimus2016-04-09

looks pretty cool!

mrezair (author)2016-05-30


RuthieH (author)2015-10-08

Love the idea, could I adapt it for a plant shelf??? also think Nostalgic Guy's is fabulous any ideas for plant shelves would be appreciated.

StephanP1 (author)RuthieH2015-10-08

Thank you! For a plant shelf I would prefer this

Livy Apple (author)2015-09-28

awesome idea :D thanks for sharing

StephanP1 (author)Livy Apple2015-10-08

You are welcome!

Nostalgic Guy (author)2015-09-29

I may make a couple of these myself.
I built this shelving last year, there are 24 screws holding it together but as I have the same problem of having to keep screw holes in the wall to a minimum it's actually held up to the wall with just two 50mm screws.
not bad considering it houses about 150 books two lamps and a bunch of Buddha's.

Haagimus made it! (author)2015-09-27

Modified this a little for my son's collector model cars but easy build made it from scrap materials, going to stain it later too

StephanP1 (author)Haagimus2015-09-28

Wow, this looks great!

hugbear (author)2015-09-28

Voted for ingenuity. I like the fact that, should you need to, you COULD secure each shelf with 1 screw later.

Farmlad58 (author)2015-09-25

Thanks for the idea! The shelf really does make it handy for spray cans.

bgunville (author)2015-09-23

Outstanding project,

Never seen that saw before what is it?

Loved the end of the vid great job

StephanP1 (author)bgunville2015-09-23

Thank you. The saw is the Festool TS55 (a handsaw) mounted in a tablle (= Festool CMS )

mikesmithfl (author)2015-09-22

maybe should title it "shelf with only 2 (or 3?) screws? current title inaccurate and misleading.

DavidF15 (author)mikesmithfl2015-09-23

The shelf itself doesn't have any screws at all, but the mount to the wall takes a screw or two. You could tie the screwless shelf to a post with a rope if you like.

StephanP1 (author)mikesmithfl2015-09-22

ok, done!

mikesmithfl (author)StephanP12015-09-23

I forgot to mention - great idea and implementation!

I'm definitely going to use it.

kewlkiwi (author)2015-09-23

Step 7 says: "The width of this spacer = the width between two opposite cuts of the long board minus the thickness of your table saw blade"

But shouldnt that be minus TWICE the thickness of the blade?

Syncubus (author)kewlkiwi2015-09-23

Stephan is correct. Minus the thickness of the blade, once. You're cutting from one reference side of the blade. For the first pass, the blade kerf is on the inside of the dado. As you step across the width of the dado, the kerf would end on the outside of the dado, so you subtract the width of the kerf, once, for your final pass.

kewlkiwi (author)Syncubus2015-09-23

Ok, I'll take your word for it... perhaps it was the wording used that confuses me, i.e. 'the width between two opposite cuts'

martind17 (author)2015-09-18

Isn't that a dangerous type of cut to be making with a table saw?

Syncubus (author)martind172015-09-23

It's a cut very frequently made on table saws. A taller 'fence' for the miter gauge is often attached to add stability. A crosscut sled would make it even safer. Safety 3rd!

bennyj121 (author)martind172015-09-22

I've done way worse like spacing 3 blades out with washers I drilled out for a makeshift dado, or freehand cutting a small plastic squeegee at an angle with my saw. His cut isn't scary.

bevin.chu (author)martind172015-09-22

My thoughts too.

LolaF (author)2015-09-22

Muy buena idea

MTJimL (author)2015-09-22

I like the project.

I love the music.

Knowing myself, though, I'd go through a lumber yard of wood strips before I managed a good fit.

JesseW10 (author)2015-09-22

Make it truly screwless by extending a shelf to sit on the floor.

Also, not to denigrate your instructable, but if you have a bloody TABLE SAW then what great efficiency is foregoing screws? I thought this would be for a more limited materials/tools selection.

Phil_S (author)JesseW102015-09-22

I don't think this is all to do with efficiency, more to do with making nice joints. Yes, you could do it all by hand, tenon saw, marking gauge and chisel, but why not use the table saw if you have one. In my experience, a table saw does a better of jointing, just choose the tools you are happy with, or how much time you have to spare.

Most decent furniture or cabinet-makers do/did not use screws or nails and the skill is getting everything to fit - any fool can can bang a screw or a nail in to make up for sloppy joints. The Devil's in the detail.

Chookums (author)2015-09-22

That is just SO incredibly clever and elegant - and I loved the flippy message board too! BIG thumbs up!

dlindstrom (author)2015-09-22

What a great reason to buy a table saw... Honey.....

grammyhobbit (author)2015-09-22

Wouldn't these shelves fall off if something heavy was put on them or if a toddler, dog or fat cat jumped on them?? New England has such high humidity and then desert dry air, just fitting these tight with a mallet and some glue would not work well over time. We have doors and floors that swell and shrink every season.

kbbaktha (author)2015-09-22

SIMPLY wonderful. Thanks for giving details. I have a jap pull saw, i would be able to cut those joints using it, instead of trying out such simple cuts on table saw.

shyrell (author)2015-09-22

AMAZING! I love it.

aghayek (author)2015-09-22

Is that a KelTec?

Phil_S (author)2015-09-22

Table saw should be fine if the timber is blocked behind to keep it square, plus fine blade and cut in stages if over-cautious.

For a really screwless design (as far as the shelves go), router a couple of keyhole slots in the upright, put a couple of roundhead screws in the wall and hang your shelves on them - easy to remove for decorating etc.

rreed2000 (author)2015-09-22

This makes a great shelf for the garage! Thanks for the idea.

mcintyrelin (author)2015-09-22

Really, really, good job!!!

rellah (author)2015-09-22

mizou80 (author)2015-09-20

très très astucieux, comme ça nous n'aurons plus a nous soucier du manque d'espace, bravo

StephanP1 (author)mizou802015-09-20

Merci beaucoup!

onemanbander (author)2015-09-16

How do you screw it to the wall when you are building a screwless shelf? Actually I love the design!

wolfie47 (author)onemanbander2015-09-17

Could always use dowls to fix it to the wall.Nice design.

StephanP1 (author)wolfie472015-09-17


It's a slightly misleading title, the shelf is held together by the shape of the wood and a little glue, which makes it stronger than using screws, but you still have to screw it to the wall. classic design though, and I like the twist of having the back be narrower than the shelves.

antioch (author)2015-09-17

Danke, Idee und Anleitung spitze! (Englisch eher haarsträubend ;-D)

StephanP1 (author)antioch2015-09-17

Stimmt, Englisch ist nicht meine Stärke. Ich hoffe aber trotzdem, dass man es versteht.

bforchi (author)2015-09-17

Great idea! Thanks !

grampam (author)2015-09-17


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