Drop-Zone Shelf

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buildsomething added on 6/12/2015

Corral the clutter the moment you walk in the door with this drop-zone shelf. It’s the perfect place to hang your keys, set your mail, and maybe even place your pocket change. You can build one in no time using just two boards, some pocket-hole screws, cup hooks, and paint.


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


Cut the Parts

Cut one Back to length from a 1x10 and one shelf to length from 1x6, as shown in the cutting diagram.


Shape the Back

Using a compass, lay out a 2 1/2" radius on two corners of the Back, and cut arcs using a jigsaw.


When cutting with a jigsaw, don’t try to cut exactly on the line. Cut just outside the line—on the “waste” side—and then sand to get the exact shape. You’ll get better, smoother results.


Wrap Up the Shelf

Lay out a 2 1/2" radius on one corner of the Shelf, and cut the arc using a jigsaw. Then, with your pocket-hole jig, set up for 3/4" material and drill four pocket holes along the back edge of the shelf.


Attach the Shelf

Mark the location on the Shelf on the Back and secure it with four 1 1/4" coarse-thread pocket-hole screws.


Paint on a Pattern

After a final sanding, paint or finish the shelf. To create the pattern shown here, first paint the entire shelf assembly white. Once that coat dries, measure over from the square end of the Back, and then draw a line (at approximately a 55° angle). Mask along the line, and then paint on the gold color.


Hang the Hooks

Add 1" cup hooks below the shelf for hanging keys, etc. Measure to get the spacing even. Then drill pilot holes to fit the threaded ends of your hooks, and screw in the hooks.

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Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(1) 1x10, 24", Board  
(1) 1x6, 24", Board  


(4) 1 1/4" coarse-thread pocket-hole screws Shop Online
(4) 7/8" nickel-plated cup hooks Shop Online
(2) sawtooth picture hangers Shop Online
(1) spray primer Shop Online
(1) gold spray paint Shop Online
(1) white spray paint Shop Online

Parts/Cut List:

(1) Back, 1" x 10" x 23 1/2"  
(1) Shelf, 1" x 6" x 23 1/2"  


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