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This shelf is easy to make und very light

and foldable!

Step 1: Tools

All you need is a

Cordless drill

a 4 mm drill bit

a countersink


Step 2: Wood

5 boards, 3-layer pine wood, 3/4" thick

4 bars

2 diagonal bars

and a 4mm pine plywood back, this is optional and not necessary

2 wooden dowels

Step 3: Cut or Buy the Wood

if you have a table saw or a track saw, you can saw the wood by your own

but you can also buy the cut wood at your wood store

Step 4: Drill Holes in the Bars

drill 5 holes in each of the 4 bars
be sure all of them have the same distance from the edge

drill also two holes in the diagonal bars
a small one on the upper end and bigger one on the lower end for the wooden dowel

if you have no drill press, a hand drill is also good enough

after drilling countersink the holes

Step 5: Drill Holes in the Boards

drill small pilot holes in every corner of the boards

this little jig on the picture makes it a little bit easier

Step 6: Assembling

screw all the bars on the boards

Step 7: Add a Backboard

if you want you can add a backboard, but this is not necessary

If you want you can also paint your shelf

Step 8: The Diagonal Bars

screw one diagonal bar on the back bar

make sure, the shelf is at the right angle

then mark the position of the lower hole of the diagonal bar on the front bar

drill here a hole for the wooden dowel

glue a wooden dowel in this hole

it should fit in the hole of the diagonal bar

Step 9: The Result

Instead of thousand words, please watch the video

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    11 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I love this project, it's perfect for college students. Do you remember the dimensions you used so I can use it as reference? or is there a "right size" for the diagonal bars?

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you, I am glad you like it. The dimensions are not important. Make it so big or so small you want. There exist no right size for the diagonal bars. I used two pieces of scrap wood.


    2 years ago

    thanks for the great idea ? I have been looking for a way to take shelves to the market to hold my goodies on and this idea is the best one ever ?

    I will be making some of these so I can take with me and place my jewellery and bits and bobs on them.

    Thank you ? I loved the idea so much I have voted for you all the best I hope that you win

    Kind Regards Dawsie


    2 years ago

    A wonderful video, Thank You sooo much- I have been looking for a folding shelf for my work. You have made my day- I will surely make this. Again Thanks

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    Reply 2 years ago

    You are welcome. Thank you for your nice comment.


    2 years ago

    These are cool folding shelves. I think I would like to space
    the shelves apart the same width so they would fold flat and use a cable
    or chain as the diagonal support. This is indeed a very good idea.. Thank You.

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    2 years ago

    it seems very easy to do.....but I m not a professionnel, but with this vidéo, that will Hell me à lot..

    Thank you

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