Sweet tooths assemble! Who likes donuts?! ME LIKES DONUTS!
Hahaha but seriously. I love the look of them, the texture of them, and of course the taste. I have some things in my office I wanted to display on something cooler than just a regular shelf so I was inspired by the donut! Be sure to watch the video to see exactly how I did it. Good luck!
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Step 1: Cut the Shelf Assembly
To start, let's cut our pieces to build the foundation for the shelf.
- Cut two pieces of 5/8" plywood at 6 feet long by 6 inches wide
- Cut one piece of 5/8" plywood at 6 feet long by 10 inches wide
- Cut one of the 6 inch wide pieces into two pieces at 10 inches long
- Make sure the 10 inch pieces have a 45-degree cut on one of their ends
- Cut a 45 degree angle on each end of the 6 foot 6 inch piece
Step 2: Assemble Shelf Foundation
Let's glue and nail are your freshly cut pieces together!
- Place all your pieces on a flat surface so you can see what your doing and to make things easier
- Butt your 45 degree ends of the 6 foot piece and 10 inch pieces together
- Glue and nail them in place
- Grab you 6 foot by 10 inch piece of 5/8 plywood and place it on top
- Glue and nail that down and voila you have the shelf structure!
Step 3: Add the French Cleat
I wanted this to sit flush against my wall but be very strong. So I went with the French cleat method. Basically it's when two strips of 45 degree angled wood meet and lock into place. They hook on to each other and becomes a very strong hold.
- Cut a 2 1/2 inch strip off your 5/8 piece of plywood making sure your blade is set at 45 degrees
- Mount it on the underside of the shelf so the 45 degree angle faces the inside of the shelf
- Make sure to keep it flush so when mounted on the wall, it will be seemless
Step 4: Creating the Wood Frosting
Now we start the fun part. The frosting on our donut shelf! To create this look, I used 1/4 inch plywood.
- Cut a strip of 1/4 inch plywood at 6 inches wide
- Bonus if you cut it to the length of your whole shelf
- Draw your frosting design down the middle of your 6 inch strip
- Cut down the line using a jigsaw
- You now have two pieces of frosting and should be enough for your shelf (if you used a piece of 4 feet or longer)
- Make sure you maintain the same measurements as your shelf
- Keep in mind it needs to be 1/4 inch longer on the sides to get the frosting to meet one another
- Make your side cuts at 45 degrees so it's a clean meet on the edges
- If you have two pieces that meet on the front of the shelf, make sure the frosting design matches up
- If the frosting design doesn't match, cut accordingly
- Dry fit the frosting to make sure everything fits
Step 5: Paint & Glue Frosting
Let's make the frosting pop! No need to use pink if you want to have a different color. Do what you like!
- Prep your frosting pieces for paint using 220 - 320 grit sandpaper
- You want the curvy edges to be smooth and frosty!
- Apply two coats of spray paint waiting for proper drying time in between
- Sand your shelf prior to gluing since it will be a lot harder to access after the frosting is on it
- I sanded mine down to 320 grit to get it nice and smooth
- Use construction adhesive to glue down your frosting to the shelf
- Make sure the frosting is flush with the top of the shelf and all sides
- Wax the bare wood on the shelf to protect from potential overspray (not necessary but it helped me)
Step 6: Top of the Shelf
It's time to take some 1/4 inch plywood and add it to the top of the shelf.
- Cut a piece of 1/4 inch plywood at 6 feet and 1/2 inch long and 10 1/4 inches wide
- This will become the top of the frosted shelf
- Always make sure you measure your piece to get the exact measurements as your wood might be slightly smaller or larger then what I used
- Glue it down using construction adhesive
- Using a router, roundover the top front and top sides of the shelf
- Use wood filler to fill any cracks or crevices in the wood
- Sand it all down smooth
Step 7: Final Frosting
It's now time to make the frosting really pop! Bring this bad boy somewhere you can spray paint safely and use a face mask.
- Tape off the bottom of the frosting so it protects the rest of the shelf from getting sprayed
- Spray two more coats
- Sand with 320 grit sandpaper before your 3rd and last coat
- Remove tape
- Sand off any overspray that may have occured
Step 8: Mount the Shelf
Mount this sweet new shelf somewhere sweet. People are going to want to see this, trust me.
- Measure the desired height of your shelf
- Find and mark your studs
- Pre-drill and mount another strip of French cleat to the wall with the 45 degree angle point towards the wall
- Mount the shelf
- Apply final coat of finish
- You're done!
Step 9: Enjoy
This is something you can be super proud of. It looks awesome. Just make sure you don't sleepwalk and try and take a bite out of this tasty looking thing. Hope you guys liked this build! Thanks for reading along and be sure to watch the video!