Giving this box display shelf the same finish as the shelves above creates a subtle but effective feature in this kitchen Safety tip Before drilling into walls, use a studfinder to check for wiring and pipework, and turn off the power while working
TOOLS & MATERIALS
Safety equipment Drill with 8G countersinking bit and 4mm bit 180-grit abrasive paper with sanding block Cloth Mini roller with tray Stud finder Painter’s tape Level Two lengths 90mm x 12mm DAR timber*, cut to 776mm (for the top and base) One length 140mm x 12mm DAR timber*, cut to 776mm (for the back) Woodworking adhesive Two lengths 140mm x 12mm DAR timber*, cut to 102mm (for the ends) 30mm and 50mm screws Timber filler Varnish or paint (we used Bondall ‘Monocel’ clear wood varnish in Satin)
Mid-weight display shelf
This shelf is based on a simple box design that can be hung on its own or integrated into other joinery, such as kitchen shelving or wall-mounted cabinets. This shelf is 800mm wide but the top, base and back measurements can be adjusted up to a metre long.
STEPS The shelf is constructed with screws secured through pre-drilled holes made with a countersinking bit 6mm in from the edges. On the back piece, space the holes about 180mm apart on the long sides. On the end pieces, drill two evenly spaced holes into the short sides and the rear long side.
On the top piece, apply adhesive along one edge and position it against the back piece, checking the edges are flush and securing with 30mm screws. Repeat with the base piece and the end pieces, wiping away excess adhesive with a damp cloth and leaving to dry.
1 Timbermate wood filler in Natural, $9.75/250g, I/N: 1560685. 2 P&N ‘Quickbit’ pilot drill/countersink bit set, $20.95/set of 4, I/N: 6350008. 3 Bondall ‘BondCrete’ woodworking adhesive, $9.30/250ml, I/N: 0960527. bunnings.com.au |
instructions and leaving to dry thoroughly. Tip: You only need to fill the screws that are visible once the shelf is installed.
Your DIY toolkit 1
Sand over the screws to remove breakout and fill with timber filler, leaving to dry. Sand the shelf all over, then varnish or paint, applying two to three coats according to the manufacturer’s
Position the shelf to secure into at least two studs and a side wall or cabinet. If this isn’t possible, pre-drill holes through the back of the shelf and into the wall, about 200mm apart. Remove the shelf to install plasterboard anchors, then complete step 5
Use a stud finder to locate the wall studs, marking them with tape. Hold the shelf against the wall, place a level along the top to check that it’s straight and mark along the top of the shelf on the wall. Pre-drill directly into the wall studs through the back of the shelf. Tip: If using anchors (see Pro Tip, above), install them after pre-drilling.
Countersink the holes, then secure the shelf to the wall with 50mm screws. Sand away breakout, apply filler and leave it to dry. Sand over the filler and touch up the paint or varnish using the tip of the mini roller. Tip: If installing other shelving or cabinets, put them up before attaching the box shelf.