Published at Saturday, October 20th 2018. by Kirsten Cooke in Floating Shelves.
Your shelves you'll need 1/2 inch by 8 inches by 8-foot. Lumber you'll also need a 36-inch oak dowel and in the mini hardware store you can have the lumber cut to size, but for those who have tools, all you need is a circular saw a drill, a sander and a half inch bit. Now I want to cut this number down into three equal parts but being able to have a chip corner I'm going to mark and then remove that first, the final length of each board will be just shy of 31 inches and if the mark in the area, I'm going to now add a piece of support under the bottom to catch the wood after it's cut.
I also want to check the depth of my blade, so I don't go all the way through the support, so I'm gonna lift the saw up a bit just so it barely touches. The support and using a speed square is a quick and simple way to keep the sauce straight as you're ripping through the lumber, now repeat the same step two more times and now to get you three shelves. Next, I'm using a three-foot section of half-inch dowels and what I'm going to do is mark that to four inches and you should end up with nine pieces.
It's going to be three of this per shelf. Now the next thing we want to do is mark three location for the dollars, I'm gonna mark the very middle and then two inches from the outside on both sides. Now I usually add two to three layers of topcoat and sand lightly between each one of them and when it comes to the polyurethane, you can use the brush on a version to wipe on version or you can just spray now.
I do prefer to use a spray for a project like this because it's less mess and you don't have to worry about a whole lot of cleanup, the first step to mounting the shelves. We want to add a few holes in the back bracket and to do so, you want to level that then find the stud in the wall next make a mark on the back bracket and on the wall. If you don't have a stud finder, you could use a screw and wall anchor such as these, which is rated for 50 pounds each and to speed up the process.
We're going to transfer the marking over to the other two pieces of wood and we're going to put some cross marks on those and drill a hole there. Now I just eyeball this section here, but all you need to do is drill about half an inch in because we wanted to screw to be able to go through the wood and into the wall, but not interfere with the shelf itself.
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