Wooden Natural Edge Shelf





Introduction: Wooden Natural Edge Shelf

About: Hello. My name is Thomas. I love to spend time in my workshop. Please check my Youtube channel. I hope you enjoy :)

Hello everyone, in this project I wanna show you how to make a Wooden Natural Edge Shelf. I made video and step by step instruction how to make it. This shelf is very easy to make, cheap and look very orginal.
Half year ago I was in a forest on walk. I found this chunk of a wood, and I took it. Probably this is a waste after trees cutting. Then it was very wet, but now after 6 months is dry and ready for processing.

So, let's get started :)


- Chunk of wood


- Sandpaper
- Wood file
- Hand saw
- Wood varnish

Step 1: Watch the Video

Video will give you a good overview on how to create such a rocker Wooden Natural Edge Shelf. But the following steps will still contain some extra useful information.

Step 2: Prepare the Wood

Remove all dust and contamination from wood. To do this i used brush, wire brush and compressed air. To align a surface I used belt sander.

Step 3: Make Handles

For easier mount shelf to wall I made 3 handles. Handles are made with beech wood on cnc machine. After cutting I used belt sander to improve edges.

Step 4: Make Pockets for Handles

To make pockets use hand saw, chisel and wood file. Next, drill holes in handles and shelf and screw them together.

Step 5: Paint the Shelf

Remove excess of wood and unscrew handles. Paint shelf and handles. To paint i used clear and brown varnish.

Step 6: Wall and Shelf :)

This is the last step. Drill holes in wall and screw shelf to wall. Screws which will you use are depend on the type of wall. In my house, walls are made of gypsum board, so I used the special screws to this.

Step 7: Finish :)

Wooden Natural Edge Shelf is completely finished :)

You did it!

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    17 Discussions

    A human brain if completely filled with huge ideas and I really appreciate of your mid/brain.. Very Well done the work/activity you did. Keep it up

    Aw heck. I seen this and was hoping you would show how you got the "dripping edge" front.

    Oh well. Nice project just the same :)

    Guessing you found it that way.

    I love natural materials and creativity like this - and the part about not wasting resources is close to my heart... You got my vote on both counts!

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    Amazing, you have my vote! Just curious with CNC machine did you use

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    Thank you :) I used CNC, because it is the fastest and the easiest way to make this handles.

    Awesome! My first though was that it was made of multiple sections of, say 1/2" by 6" by varying lengths and colors. Not quite a natural edge, but could look very cool too. Thanks for some inspiration!

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    nice job. I think i'd like it better with a glossy clear finish on it. might help it hold up better too. instead of the mounting brackets you made, it might look a bit nicer with invisible brackets like these flush wall mounts: http://www.rockler.com/extra-thin-flush-mount-1-x...

    not trying to be critical. just some constructive criticism I guess. i really like the shelf. takes an artistic eye to spot something everyone else might have just walked by and make a feature piece out of it. kudos to you!

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    I completely agree about those brackets. Once my eye went to them instead of the awesome and unusual lines of the shelf the bracket was all I could look at. But a really cool piece of wood.

    Beautiful. I have by passed when camping many things now I wish I'd picked up for the taking! But then I wasn't into doing much with wood. Now building a wood working shop out of old garage. Fun!