Building Floating Shelves

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“Why build do it yourself floating shelves?”, you might ask. Well, you see, floating shelf is a must-have furniture every home needs. By doing it yourself, don’t just allow you to improve your home’s ambiance through its charming presence; rather, it’s also useful for displaying your travel mementos, picture frames, and rich collectibles! Plus, who doesn’t want a cool-looking shelf that looks as if it’s floating in midair?

Overall, what’s awesome about this DIY floating shelf woodworking plan is that you don’t have to be a masterful craftsman to execute it in an attempt to building your very own DIY Floating Shelves! I’ve been into woodwork for not more than a year and a half yet because of Ted’s Woodworking, building floating shelves for my home no longer intimidates me!

Building DIY Floating Shelves

One thing you should know about Floating Shelves Woodwork Plan is that they could be built from traditional solid wood or hollow-core construction.

For your convenience, here’s a quick plan and tutorial that’ll generously assist you in completing your very own project. Enjoy this quick tutorial right away!

Step 1:

Prepare the following budget-friendly tools and supplies for your new project:

  • Milter Saw or Circular Saw
  • Orbital Sander
  • Nail Gun
  • Tape Measure
  • Drill
  • Kreg Jig
  • Straight Edge
  • Pencil
  • Nails (1 ¼”)
  • Water-Based Polyurethane Spray
  • Gorilla Wood Glue
  • Steel Wool and Vinegar Solution
  • Lumber (for frame and shelf)


Once you’ve got them, frame out a shelf support. Start by ripping your 2×4 down to 2 1/2” wide on the table saw. If you prefer a thinner shelf, rip the board narrower or use a standard 2×2. After which, use a miter or circular saw to cut the link for each board.

Step 2:

Make sure to cut the ledger board to the approximate width of the your DIY floating shelf you aspire to build. The shorter boards which will be the depth of the shelf should be cut to 8 ½”. This will make the overall shelf dimensions 33” wide x 11” deep.


Step 3:

Lay out the five boards that are part of the shelf support. Using wood glue and 23” long screws, attach each shorter board to the ledger. If necessary, use clamps to hold the boards in place. Free drill the screws into the back of the ledger into the shorter board. To ensure that everything is lined up the right way, use a square. Once the two outer boards are attached, evenly space the two inside boards. Do a quick sanding to smoothen out the edges.


Step 4:


Build the box that will slide onto the shelf support. To keep your costs down, use cedar fence pickets. Cut the length of each board down to size. Then put the boards in place to simulate how your floating shelves will look. Use the board to hold everything in place during assembly then butter up the ends of the boards with wood glue and attach the sides using a nailer. Move on to the other side and do the same to complete your floating shelves (use clamps if and where needed to hold the boards together).

Step 5:

Remove the shelf support inside and using a combination of both nails wood glue, attach the front piece of the shelf. After finishing the last side, sand the entire shelf box using a sander and 220 grit sandpaper to smooth out and finish the shelf and eradicate any dried glue.


Step 6:

Add a finish for your floating shelf by brushing it on. Use vine solution or steel wool stain. After you’ve let your solution work its magic (approx. after 1 hour), seal your sturdy floating shelf up with a water based spray sealer. This finishing step gives you the guarantee that the color of the vinegar solution and patina on your floating shelves won’t change.


Step 7:


To mount your new floating shelf to the wall, use a stud finder to determine where you’ll attach the shelf support. Grab your shelf support and push it into place by pre-drilling into the wall and by using 3 inch long wood screws. Now it’s time to attach your floating shelf, it should fit snugly in the shelf support. Load it up and place your displays on it! For my example, I made two identical floating shelves and placed the additional shelf to the side and below.


Now that your Floating Shelves Woodworking Plan worked rather well for you, thanks to Ted’s Woodworking program, make sure to check out the complete guide Ted’s plans provides! After all, there’s more than one approach to making your home look good! At least, now, you got the handsome DIY floating shelves part covered. Good job, mate! Welcome to the club!


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