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How to Build a Corner Shelf for you Bathroom at TechShop

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My sister-in-laws bathroom countertop was getting a little crowded and mentioned to my wife that she wanted to buy a corner shelf.  My wife then proceeded to tell her that I could build one for her one. 

So yup, you guessed it.  I built one at Tech Shop http://techshop.ws.
 
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Step 1: Gather Tools and Cut Materials

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Materials:
1”x 10”x 6’ pine board
#10 biscuits
Glue

Tools :
Miter Saw
Biscuit Jointer
Orbital Sander
Clamps
Tape measure

I used the miter saw cut the board into

six -  9 ½” squares (shelves)

two - 4 ½” cuts (top and bottom slab)

then lightly sanded the material

Step 2: Lay Out the Shelf and Make the Biscuit Cuts

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After the boards we cut to size I laid out the material so that I could visually see the shelf unit.

With the material laid out, I then clamped a square scrap of MDF to the workbench to use as backing for the biscuit jointer.  I then, one piece at a time (to not get mixed up) lined the shelf with the edge of the work table (for biscuit alignment) and cut the biscuits into the shelves.  And then placing each piece back to the layout position.

Step 3: Glue Up

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After all the biscuit cuts and been made, I brushed on glue and added the biscuits to the joints, one joint at a time.  I broke the gluing and clamping process down to three sections- top, bottom, and middle.  I know there are better ways, but I just don’t know them.  And after allowing them to set up for a while (1 hr.) I then proceeded to glue and clamp all three sections together to complete the glue up process.

Step 4: Final Sanding

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After the glue had plenty of time to set up (about 4 hours).  I used an orbital sander with 220 grit sand paper to smooth out the faces and edges of each shelf.  I also rounded the outside corner of each shelf that was sticking out so that there would not be a sharp point on each corner of the shelf.

JohnnyMorales12 months ago
I love the shelf. It's Amazing what you can do with one simple board!

I do have a couple of questions though.

What is the advantage of using a biscuit joiner, biscuits and glue to join the shelves over screws or nails and glue?

Also did you do anything to the wood to protect it from the bathroom moisture and the water splashes it will have to endure being right next to the sink, or did you just choose wood that could deal with it.
cantubps (author)  JohnnyMorales12 months ago
I'm an amateur, so please don't take my answer as fact, but I believe that by using the biscuits and glue it should create a bond that should be comparable to a solid piece of wood. Using a mechanical fastener like screws or nails should give it just as much strength, but the major advantage I see is that you can not see the biscuits. Especially if you want to stain the shelf.

Although I don't think they will get to much direct water. They biggest problem will be the humidity, I think paint will give them enough protection. My sister in law used a semi gloss paint, (some kind of green), hopefully it will protect the shelf.
Hmm, you're an amateur who's able to achieve professional results :)

Thanks for letting me know, as I really did not know the why as to one way over the other.

I've seen the hand held biscuit joiner every time I go visit my local Harbor Freight and wondered what it did (they don't explain the purpose of most tools, they just sell them). LOL Despite that I wondered if i should get it, as it is one of the cheaper tools they sell.
Re-design12 months ago
Nice work on the shelf AND the instructable.
cantubps (author) 12 months ago
Thank you all for your comments, I got the ideal from doing a Google search for corner shelves. I hope you enjoy
Nicely done! I love that shape! I think I might try that a little larger for a bookshelf.
cantubps (author)  sosclosetsandfurniture12 months ago
I'm with Amy on this one. I think this shelf will work great on light items, and feel sturdy, but I don't think it can hold that much weight
I don't think this design would be strong enough for a load of books. Books are much heavier than the sort of toiletries, make-up stuff, etc., that'll be on this set of shelves!
mrfoltz12 months ago
Hi,
I don't have the equipment to make the biscuit cuts... could I pre-drill holes and drill in screws instead?
cantubps (author)  mrfoltz12 months ago
Screws and glue should work great too. I only used a biscuit jointer because I have access to one at techshop, otherwise I would have used glue with finish nails. Just maybe try to counter sink them and conceal the screw holes with a wood dowel that can be sanded flush that way they will blend in nicely.
jean v12 months ago
great job and clean design!!
AmyCat5912 months ago
Very nice! Lucky sister-in-law, I'd say...

Might want to use some sort of clear sealant-type finish since it's in a place likely to get damp...
adunster12 months ago
This is a cute little set of shelves! great idea.
ROFL most of my bar clamps have that same Harbor Freight orange and white tag on them too :-)

Great instructable! Off to measure our counter area now.
gingerely12 months ago
Love it, love it love it!!! Thank you for the great details!
And I have JUST the space for it, too!

Gotta love instructables...
shenry712 months ago
Very cool and easy project...good Job!!!
silver5512 months ago
Semplice ma bello, ben realizzato e ben spiegato.
blackandmoore12 months ago
this idea is great for that lost space in any room really. thanks for this cool idea.
Very nice design! I love how it moves around the outlet :)
X2 - Always loved this design, thanks for the construction details for us noobs.
ccarreer1 year ago
Just one more reason I wish we had a TechShop near me. *le sigh* Your shelf looks amazing!
dana-dxb1 year ago
nice and pretty
Very cool design
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