– pine board for shelf
– 3/4” thick Maple board
– 1/4” dowel
– table saw
– power planer
– mitre saw
– speed square
– drill and drill bits
– sand paper
– paint or stain
Using the table saw cut a piece 13/16 wide by at least 25” long. Use a power planer to clean up the cut edge, this will leave you with a piece that is 3/4” x 3/4” by 25”.
Using the mitre saw cut two 5-1/4” pieces and two 6” pieces. Lay them out in pairs with the 6” piece overlapping onto the end of the 5-1/4” piece so that it forms an L. Use the speed square to make sure they are at a 90 degree angle. Use the speed square to lay out 45 degree angle lines where you want your dowels to be, draw the lines onto each piece. Using the square, transfer the line onto the inside face of each of the pieces and then measure and mark a center line at each of these lines.
Using the drill and a 1/4” brad point drill bit or forstner bit, drill at a 45 degree angle at these points use the lines you drew on the side and the speed square as a reference to keep the drill at the proper angle. Drill the holes about 1/2” deep.
Using a 3/16” drill bit and countersink bit, drill and countersink a hole at the back of the 6” piece on the opposite side from the dowel holes.
Lay out your pieces and measure the length your dowels will need to be to go 3/8” into each hole. Cut your dowels to length.
Dry fit your pieces together; you may have to sand the ends of the dowel to make assembly easier.
Use the square to make sure the pieces are perpendicular, pre-drill with a 3/32 drill bit through the countersunk hole into the end of the 5 1/4” piece.
Take the assembly apart and put glue into the dowel holes. Reassemble and use a 1-5/8” drywall screw to fasten the pieces together.
After the glue has dried, sand the brackets.
Cut a 7” wide piece out of the pine board to the length that you would like your shelf to be, sand and finish the shelf.
To fasten the brackets to the wall, drill a hole through the bracket near the top where the pieces come together; this will have to be at a slight angle because of the dowels. Attach to the wall with screws if attaching where there is a stud, or with drywall anchors if there isn’t .
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