Published at Friday, October 19th 2018. by Tanisha Thomas in Floating Shelves.
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 pre-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.
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. You like because I use pickets I needed to use two boards on the top and bottom to be able to have a deeper shelf.
The measurements I used can be found in the free plans at DIY Pete comm forward, slash floating shelves, cut the length of each board down to size next put the boards in place to simulate how the Shelf will look. I like to use the frame support to hold everything in place during assembly and then butter up the ends of the boards with wood glue and attach the sides using an 8 move onto the other side and repeat the process use clamps if needed, to hold boards together during assembly then pull out the shelf support and attach the front piece of the shelf box, with wood glue and nails sand, the entire shelf box using a sander and 220 grit sandpaper.
This is going to give the board's a smooth finish, and it's also going to remove excess, dried glue. Next go ahead and add a finish for the shelf. I patina the wood to give it a gray, weathered look using a steel wool and a vinegar solution. Let it react with the tannin in the wood and dry for at least an hour then seal the wood. I used a water-based spray sealer that dries clear and keeps the wood, the gray color, and here's a look at how the wood darkens to a brown color when sealed using an oil-based stain, allow the sealer to dry and then get ready to mount your new shelves to the wall using a stud finder to determine where you'll attach the shelf support.
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