Introduction: Making a Shelf

I have seen this design on the net and decided to make this shelf for my living room. It is really easy and fun to make one, so here is the guide!

Check out my video and download the template!

Step 1: Preparing the Pieces

The first thing we need to do is to prepare our wood.

So we need 3 pieces 2.0 x 2.0 x 50.0 cm and a piece 2.0 x 15.0 x 50.0 cm. Of course you can make your shelf as long as you want it to be. Mine is 50.0 cm.

Step 2: Cut to Length

Next we need to cut all individual pieces 15 cm long. I did that on my radial arm saw but you can use your table saw or just a hand saw.

Step 3: Slip Joint Part A

In order to connect the pieces together we need to create joints. A slip joint is ideal for our needs. Start by creating 2.0 cm long tenon on each piece. The included plan will help you with the exact dimensions.

Step 4: Slip Joint Part B

Same here, we need to make a mortise on each piece. Make sure that the tenon and mortise fit snugly together but not too tight.

Step 5: Preparing for Glue

Time for sanding. A light sand will make the wood smoother so its easier to sand after the pieces are glued together.

Step 6: Assembling

Assemble the pieces as shown n the pictures above. Wood glue also needed.

Step 7: Prepare for Finishing

Final sanding before apply finish.

Step 8: Two Notches

Two 2.0 x 2.0 notches, one 11.0 cm from each end must be cut so the brackets can fit in.

Step 9: Finishing

Apply finish and hang it on the wall!

Its all done!