When I made a clock, I didn't wait for my husbands help. I figured out how to use the router on my own. This project involved intimidating saws and I needed his help (just a little). This tutorial also includes how not to hang the shelves ( I messed up and learned the hard way).
Items Needed:I wanted to make this a low cost project so I tried to use wood left over from other projects. I only had to purchase the trim moulding.
1 = 1"x8' trim moulding
1 = 1/8" plywood 4'x24"
1 = 1"x2"x8' pine board
1 = 1"x 3"x8'
Brad Nailer and Air Compressor
6 = 4" screws
4 = 1" wood screws
Krylon Spray Paint White
Rustoleum Clear Lacquer
How to Build Floating Shelves:Step 1: Use the table saw to cut the plywood into four 9.5" x 24" pieces.
Step 2: Use the miter saw to cut the 1"x2" pine board to fit like the picture below. Piece #4 is cut shorter than piece #2 so that it will fit inside piece #1 & #3. Cut piece #4 out of 1"x3"x8' ( 1x2 is not strong enough to support shelf ).
Step 3: Lay the pieces together, make sure the edges are flush, and secure with clamps. Do not nail piece #4, It will mount directly on the wall.
Step 4: Use brad nailer on both sides to secure plywood, about every 3 inches.
Step 5: Use miter saw ( and husband ) to cut moulding to frame the 3 sides.
Step 6: Patch all holes.
Step 7: Prime with kilz. Spray paint for smooth finish. Clear coat to resist moisture damage. ( It's going in a kids bathroom )
How NOT to hang floating shelves:
Do not use 1"x2" it will not support the shelf.
Pre-drill holes or wood will split.
How to hang floating shelves:Step 1: Locate and mark the center of the wall. Locate and mark the studs. Try to anchor the shelf into at least one stud. Use drywall anchors if a stud is not found.
Step 2: Mark the center of the board and line it up with the center of the wall. Pre-drill holes to avoid splitting. Mount piece #4 to wall.
Step 3: Slide shelf over cleat and secure by drilling 2 = 1" wood screws through the top and into piece #4.
I hope you find this tutorial useful. You cans see the before and after here. The complete bathroom makeover is coming soon.