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Build a floating shelf

  • Difficulty: hammer
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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
    Intermediate Do-It-Yourselfer - Moderate
    Experienced Do-It-Yourselfer - Difficult
    Professional - Expert
  • Completion Time : 3 hours

As simple as can be, these floating shelves are fabulous in every way. Easy to match with all decor styles, they are sleek and contemporary, and provide useful storage space wherever you need it. Perfect anywhere in the house!

This shelf, measuring 12" x 60" x 2 ½", is in fact a box built from maple and birch which is then screwed into a support bracket fastened to the wall. This is a project for all DIYers and can be completed in a number of hours.

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Tools and materials required

TOOLS

  • Mitre saw

  • Table saw

  • Biscuit joiner

  • Screwdriver drill

  • Square

  • Level

  • Pencil

  • Tape measure

MATERIALS

  • 1 sheet Baltic birch, ½" x 60" x 60"

  • 1 board maple, ¾" x 3" x 96"

  • 1 length pine, 1 ½" x 3" x 96"

  • 1 length spruce, 2" x 4" x 96"

  • 1 packet No. 10 biscuits, ¾" x 2 1/8"

  • Wood glue

  • 1 ½" No. 6 wood screws

  • 3" No. 8 wood screws

Before Assembly

ELEVATION(S)

Floatting shelf elevetation scheme with measurements

NOTES

ASSEMBLING FURNITURE WITH WOOD BISCUITS

This sturdy method of assembly involves inserting thin slices of compressed wood (“biscuits”) into slots made with a plate (or biscuit) joiner. When the biscuits come into contact with glue applied in the slots, they swell and stay wedged in place, holding the construction together.

Once you have taken the time to learn how to use a biscuit joiner, the specialized tool required for this type of assembly, you will find it a quick and easy technique.

 

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