Introduction: Over-The-Toilet Wood Shelf

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Are you sick of those ugly, flimsy shelves balancing over your toilet in your bathroom? Well we have a solution for you! Here is a simple, classic wood shelf for hanging over your toilet in your bathroom. It is a cheap and easy project that anyone can tackle!

We are going to show you how to build this wood shelf, which can be a great addition to your home. It is a fairly simple project for beginners.

After moving into our larger farmhouse, we have had to do a lot of brainstorming on how we can fill the additional space to make it feel like home. For this shelf, we wanted something that was functional, but still coordinated with the character of our century-old home. We couldn't really find any existing build plans that we liked for the space above our toilet in our bathroom, so we decided to make something original. We drew up a couple options for the bottom, and finally decided on this version. Keep in mind that this plan is designed to easily hang on two nails, 24" apart. Depending on the structure of your home, you may need to use drywall anchors to hang this piece.

Step 1: Tools/Parts/Cut List

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Kreg Jig, Drill, Jig Saw, & Miter/Circular saw
2 - 2x6 boards cut to 30"
3 - 1x6 boards cut to 22"
1 - box of 1 1/4" pocket hole screws
wood filler for pocket holes
Stain/paint and polyurethane of your choice
Mounting brackets of your choice
Drywall anchors

Step 2: Layout of Cuts

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Step 3: Cut Your Shelf Boards

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The first step in the process is to cut all of the boards to length. Three, 1x6 boards at 22" long.

Step 4: Cut Your Side Boards

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Now you need to cut the side boards. You will need two, 2x6 boards at 30" long.

Step 5: Cut the Design on the Bottom of the Sides

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Next, you can begin to tackle the cove design on the bottom of each 2x6. Here is a quick sketch of the design we used. Feel free to print this off and copy it, or make your own!

Step 6: Continued...

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A band saw or scroll saw would work the best with this template, but a jig saw will get the job done just fine. Here is what they should look like when completed.

Step 7: Assemble Your Shelf

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The next step is to drill all of your pocket holes and evenly space the the 1x6 shelves. We decided to do 3 shelves with 3 pocket holes on each side. You can use a Kreg Jig to knock out your pocket holes. You can find a more detailed description of how to operate a Kreg Jig on their website.

Step 8: Continued...

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It helps to attach the top shelf first, that way your drill has enough room to get the other 2 shelves attached. Use 1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws, that way the screws do not go through the 2x6 sides. Then just attach the next two shelves like the picture above.

Step 9: Add Wood Filler

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Almost done! The next thing that you need to do is fill in the pocket holes with some wood filler. The wood filler makes it look much better, especially since it will be hung at eye level when it is completed.

Step 10: Finish Work

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Sand it all up and apply your stain or paint. We used one coat of 'Minwax Dark Walnut' penetrating, oil-based stain. This gave the shelf an "antiqued" look. Next you need to apply 2-3 coats of water-based polyurethane. It works best if you use the same brand polyurethane as your stain. We usually use Minwax brand stains and polys. The thing that we loved the most about this finishing technique was how fast it dried. The stain soaked up very quickly, and the water-based poly dried within 20 minutes.

We love how this project turned out, and hopefully you do too! We have our shelf hanging in our bathroom above the toilet, but it will look good anywhere in your house. Enjoy, and please check out the rest of our website while you are here.

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Comments

HeyMimi (author)2016-01-04

great simple project to get started with my Kreg pocket hole jig. Thanks for sharing this!

hazel oak farms (author)HeyMimi2016-01-06

Thanks! Glad you like it! Good luck making your own!

fernando.presedo made it! (author)2016-01-05

60 minutes proyect!

Made it with pallet wood and some round iron bar leftover...

Nice job! looks great! And nice touch with the metal rods! Love it!

hazel oak farms (author)2015-12-07

Thanks everyone for the feedback!! We are glad you like our project! Make sure you follow us on Instagram @hazeloakfarms. And check out our website for frequent updates www.hazeloakfarms.com

JGDean (author)2015-12-06

If you are looking for a real "primitive" hand-made look, this could be made by drilling through the sides into the edge of the shelves and assembling it all with wood dowels. That's they way they would have made it back when nails and screws were hand-made and expensive (pre-industrial revolution). Or you can fake this by using screws in counter-bored holes in the sides and use screw buttons to cover their heads. A high-quality shelf would have used dovetail, rabbeted or mortise-and-tenon joints.

jmyers1 (author)2015-12-05

Very nice! And a well done, easy to follow instructible!

I was thinking as I read this that using square rose cut nails would be perfect for a hand made look, if you want a more primitive look.

ClenseYourPallet (author)2015-12-04

Nicely done... Simple and awesome. Thanks

seamster (author)2015-12-04

I love the way this turned out. So nice, and with just some simple materials and basic tools. Nicely done!

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