Published at Monday, 27 August 2018. Floating Shelves. By Jordan Mills.
Once all the shelves were assembled, I used wood filler to fill in the holes on the side and painted the shelves white using a nap roller for a smooth finish before hanging the shelves. I've marked on the wall where the wall studs were with painters tape. Then, after centering and leveling each shelf, I screwed the shelf into the wall over the wall studs using 3-inch screws.
This will go in the center of the shelf and it will be covered up by books. That's why it's shorter than the whole shelf. The last piece to cut is a 1 by 1-inch board, that's 20 inches long to match the width of the shelf, and that will be the front rail. I cut multiple of these. At the same time since I built four shelves to assemble each shelf, I started by drilling two pilot holes to attach the 1 by 2-inch mounting plate to the back of the shelf.
I used wood glue and two 1 and 5/8 inch wood screws to attach each mounting plate to attach each sideboard. I use 1/2 inch finishing nails and wood glue to attach the front rail. I used to scrap one by two to place under the rail to hold it level with the bottom and give me the same spacing on each shelf. I attached the rail through the side boards with finishing nails.
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