Published at Tuesday, 28 August 2018. Floating Shelves. By Juana Levy.
Floating wood shelves. Let's get started. The first step is to frame out the shelf support, we'll start by ripping a 2x4 down to two and a half inches wide on the table saw and if you'd, like a thinner shelf, you can rip the board even narrower or use a standard two by two. Next use a miter saw or a circular saw to cut the length for each board, cut the ledger board to the approximate width of the shelf and then the shorter boards, which will be the depth of the shelf. I cut the shorter boards to eight and a half inches which will make the final overall shelf dimensions roughly 33 inches wide by 11 inches.
To make it easiest to mount to your wall, attach the inside boards using the same method or, if you prefer, use pocket holes, simply drill each pocket hole using a jig and then attach with glue and two and a half inch screws. Then do a quick sanding to remove rough edges and to smooth things out next, we'll build the box that will slide onto the shelf support. I used cedar fence pickets to keep costs down and because I, like the gray weather finish, you can get with the steel wool and vinegar stain but feel free to use any type of wood.
Deep then lay out the five boards that are part of the shelf support we'll attach each shorter board to the ledger. Using two 3-inch long screws and some wood glue use clamps to help hold the boards in place. If needed, then per-drill and put the screws in through the back of the ledger into the shorter board, use a square to ensure everything is lined up correctly and once the two outer boards are attached evenly spaced the two inside boards or spaced them as needed.
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