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Making Shelves As Unique As You Are

With a basic understanding of carpentry, and a small set of tools, you can make a simple set of shelves that showcase your resourceful, creative side.

Tools needed:

– Handheld circular saw or chop saw
– Tape measure
– Level
– Builder’s square
– Pencil
– Drill

Materials needed:

Varies based on your design. The materials needed for my project were as follows:
– 18mm X 295mm X 2350mm Pine Shelving Board
– 2 wrought-iron shelf supports
– wall plugs (if you are not able to attach to wall framing)
– screws

How to create shelves with carpentry

Almost every house could benefit from some additional shelving. In my house, we needed shelves above the washer and dryer, but you may prefer to install shelves in the kitchen or bathroom. Choose materials and finishes that express your tastes. Try unique combinations of colours, like turquoise shelves on silver supports. We decided to use pine boards stained dark with wrought iron supports following advice from a local carpenter and joiner in Hinckley we hired from Eastwood’s Carpentry.

Follow these simple steps to make your own project a success:

1. Determine the width, height and location of each shelf.

2. Mark the location of each side of each shelf on the wall with a faint pencil line. Verify your marks are level with each other.

3. Draw a faint line between your marks to represent the bottom of the shelf.

4. Make a vertical mark about 75mm in from each end of the line. This represent the center of each shelf support. If there is more than about a meter between these marks, add a third support midway between them.

5. Install the shelf supports to the wall. Align the top vertical surface with your initial layout line, and center a support on each vertical layout line. Hold the support in place and draw marks at each screw hole. Use these marks to pre-drill into the plasterboard. Since you will most likely not hit wall framing, install a wall plug in each hole. Hold each support in place and attach to wall. Check that the tops of your supports are level with one another.

6. Cut your material to length using a circular or shop saw. Use the square, tape measure and pencil to layout your cut.

7. Center the shelf on your supports. Mark the bottom of the shelf at each screw hole in the top leg of each support. Pre-drill the bottom of the shelf, taking care not to drill all the way through. Also make sure that the length of your screws is less than the thickness of the shelf. Put the shelf back in place and attach to shelf support.

You now have a piece of furniture that serves as both storage and decoration. With a little bit of creativity and know-how, you can have a set of shelves that are as unique as you are.

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