Picture of How To Create Recessed Shelving
Ok, so some of you may have seen my other instructable using this same wall for other shelving ideas.  Although the others ideas were cool I think this one takes the cake.
{I also had issues finding any instructions on how to create this shelving system so I thought I would remedy this.}

The main resource I did find online was this one here... http://www.ronhazelton.com/archives/howto/recessed_shelves.shtm

I am using this as a base for this Instructable, and just altering it to fit my situation and experience.
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Step 1: Location, Location, Location...

Step one would be to find a spot for this shelf/ book case... Think about what you need as far as the size of the books, games or objects that are going to be housed on theses shelves.

The place I chose was a odd 3 ft. wide wall that was about 15 inches deep.  To me it appeared to be wasted space that I could do something with.  Other spots you could do a similar project with would be under the stairs or in a half wall.

I am using mine for books and magazines so I built my shelves to be about 8 inches deep and 26 inches wide.

Step 2: Inventory...

Here's what I used for supplies...

• Hand-held Drywall saw

• 96inx16inx5/8in butcher block (I had Lowe's split it in half and then cut it to, two 5ft pieces and two 3ft pieces for the initial box)

• I used brad nails, wood screws and wood glue to put the box together.

• I used paneling/luan for the backing.

• I used standard door trim (so as to match the trim already used in my office for the closet).

• Vinyl spackling, wood filler, wood glue, etc...

• I used cheap white spray paint for primer and some white eggshell paint I had left over from interior house touch up.

LoneWolf5 years ago
That's really cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ChrysN5 years ago
Wow, that looks really nice!
lemonie5 years ago
Very nice looking job.
Was there anything in that thing - e.g. pipes?

SantaB (author)  lemonie5 years ago
No, not really.  I had one electrical outlet/line near the bottom of the short wall but the lines were nowhere near where I was working and already staples up and out of my way. 

Other than the stud I cut out there was nothing else.  It's too bad I couldn't have hinged it for a secret stash spot (trust me I tried).  
lemonie SantaB5 years ago
I have to think "why?" Perhaps it was intended to run pipes down there, maybe the plans changed but the drywall guys didn't get an update so they boxed in that space anyway?

SantaB (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Your guess is as good as mine...  I basically thought it was stupid and the earlier shelves I created were cool, but just didn't cut it and stuck out from the wall (being wall mounted).  I thought, "why not put them in the wall?!", then researched what it took to do so. 
lemonie SantaB5 years ago
I know - they forgot to put the body in there!