Intro: How to Make a $7 Floating Shelf
For this Instructables I’ll be making 2 floating shelves. Affordable, stylish and easy to make. These shelves can improve any space. Either a bathroom, living room, kids room etc. The best part about it is that each shelf can be made for only $7.
Materials (per shelf)
1- 2in x 6in x 8ft (Spruce Pine) @ your local hardware store
1- 1/2inX 48 Dowel @ your local hardware storeOther
- Hand saw
Step 1: Cutting the Pieces
I'll be using one 8 foot piece of lumber for each shelf. Cut the large pieces first using a handsaw or a power tool if you prefer.
Step 2: Putting the Pieces Together
For this project I'll be making 2 shelves. After all the pieces are cut you should end up with 4 pieces of lumber measuring at 32 inches and 4 pieces of lumber measuring at 6 inches.
I wanted to make this project doable for any beginner. So I used butt joints and dowels. For more experience viewers I would suggest Miter Joints. This will give it a cleaner appearance.
Step 3: Glue the Pieces and Sand
Apply wood glue to the corners, clamp the joints in place to prevent any shifting. You could use screws if you like, but to give a cleaner look I used two 1/2 inch dowels per corner. Mark the dowel so that it goes through both pieces of wood. Apply wood glue to the dowel as well in the hole. Hammer the dowel down till it reaches a stopping point. Now take a saw and cut off the excess. Leave the clamps in place and allow enough time for the glue to dry. Next sand the shelf using 80 grit to remove the rough texture, then 120 grit, followed by 220 grit.
Step 4: Paint or Stain?
As far as finishing It's a matter of taste. My opinion you can't go wrong with either stain or paint. I found this paint a few months back, and I had to have it. I was a bit hesitant on what the finished product should look like. I chanced it with this Oil-Rubbed Bronze paint which gave it a nice rich look to it. It wasn't too appealing after the first coat. The second coat looked amazing; I stopped there but, I have to imagine a third coat would top it off.
Step 5: Mounting the Shelf
here is a mounting tip I learned a while back. Take a piece of scrap wood and drill out your mounting holes. Then use that same scrap wood and mark the shelf and the wall. If carefully done it will line up every time.
Next, install the Keyhole hangers, be sure to drill out behind the keyhole hanger. So the screw doesn't interfere.
To mount the shelf I'll be using self -d rilling drywall anchor, each one is rated for up to 50 pounds.
Step 6: The Final Touch
Floating shelves are a great project for your home, not only do they look nice but saves you a ton of space. You can use them for many things like displaying collectibles, photos or other decorations.