DIY Board Book Ledges

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loveandrenovations added on 7/16/2020

Quick and simple book ledges that will hold small board books, toys, or picture frames.


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


Drill Pocket Holes

Drill four pocket holes (2 on each of the short sides) in both of the 18" boards. These will be the bottom and back pieces.


Attach Side Pieces

Add wood glue to each of the side pieces and attach them to the bottom piece. The pocket holes should face the top of the shelf, and there should be an overhang on the back of the side pieces for the back piece to slide into.


Attach Back Piece

Add wood glue to the back piece and slide in in-between the two side pieces. Make sure the pocket holes are facing the back of the shelf. Attach using pocket hole screws.


Add Pocket Hole Plugs

Add wood glue to the pocket holes in the bottom of the shelf and slide in plugs to hide the holes.


Sand & Paint

Fully sand the shelf, then paint in your desired color and seal. Stain the trim pieces for the front of the shelf.


Add Trim

Use wood glue and finish nails to attach the trim piece to the front. It should be attached somewhere in the range of 1.25"-2" from the bottom of the shelf.


Hang Shelves

Pre-drill holes in the back of the shelves that align to studs on the wall, then drill the shelves into the wall to hang.

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Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(1) 1x4, 96", Board  
(1) Trim, 96", Board  
(4) 3/8", 1", Pocket Hole Plugs  


(8) Pocket hole screws  

Parts/Cut List:

(2) Bottom & back, 18"  
(2) Side pieces, 4.25"  
(1) Front trim piece, 19"  

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