Floating Shelves

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lovecreatecelebrate added on 12/8/2020

Quick and easy shelf build. These plans will build two floating shelves, a larger shelf on the bottom and a slightly smaller shelf that can be installed above it.

see the Extras tab for drawings and dimensions

Directions

Follow the steps below to complete this project.

1

Cut 1x8s to size

Following the drawings in the "Extras" tab cut your four 1" x 8" to length and width

2

Add angle to bottom plates

as noted in drawings add your 45 deg cut to the front face bottom side of you two bottom shelves (Part B & D)

3

Add Radius to bottom plates

using a router, add a 3/16" radius to the front top side of your bottom plate (Parts B & D)

4

Add pocket holes

Using your Kreg pocket jig, drill your pocket holes on the bottom side of Part B & D

5

Cut sides

Following the dimensions on the drawings, cut out the side pieces for both shelves (Part C & E)

6

Sand all pieces

before assembly, lightly sand all pieces. We rounded all the edges in the front lip down to give it a nice smooth finish

7

Add Key holes

to hang the shelves on the wall we used key holes. We routed 5" long slots starting 2" in from the ends. Depending on Stud locations you may want to customize this.

8

Assemble Back and Bottom

Assemble backs and bottoms of the small and large shelves. We used wood glue and pocket hole screws in the pocket holes to secure together.

9

Fill Pocket holes

Using Kreg plugs, we filled all the pocket holes

10

Attach sides

attach the sides to the ends of the shelves as per the drawings. Secure with wood glue and brad nails

11

Final sand

fill any imperfections/holes with wood filler, let dry, and give the piece a final sand

12

Stain

Stain and let dry - we used Varathane Dark Walnut Wood Stain

13

Varnish

once stain drys Varnish the shelves to protect - we used Minwax Clear Matte Latex Polycrylic Finish. We like this finish as it dosen't yellow once it drys.

14

Mount Shelves

mount your shelves to the wall using your key holes and enjoy!

Tools Used:

Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(4) 1x8, 96", Board  

Hardware/Supplies:

(10) Kreg pocket hole plugs  
(10) Kreg 1 1/4" pocket hole screws  

Parts/Cut List:

(2) A, 5" x 52 1/2" x 3/4"  
(1) B, 6 1/2" x 52 1/2" x 3/4"  
(2) C, 4 1/4" x 5 3/4" x 3/4'"  
(1) D, 4 3/4" x 52 1/2" x 3/4"  
(2) E , 4 1/4" 4" x 3/4"  

Extras:

https://lovecreatecelebrate.com/diy-bookshelves-for-our-reading-nook/ Visit
FLOATING SHELVES_LCC (1).pdf Download

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