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Overview

You can never have too much storage and shelf space. This stylish concrete wall shelf is ideal for indoors or out, is versatile and is really easy to make. We’ll show you how in a few simple steps. 

Steps

1Cut the aluminium strip

To make working with the three-metre aluminium strip easier, clamp it to a workbench and use a hacksaw to cut it. We cut ours into 900mm lengths.

2Sand the aluminium

Use sandpaper to sand the aluminium where you've cut. This is to get rid of any burrs that you may have created.

3Measure and mark for the back of the bracket

For the vertical section of the bracket, measure and mark out 300mm on the aluminium strip.

4Bend the aluminium

Place the aluminium strip in the vice, so that the mark you made is level with the top of the jaws on the vice and tighten it. Use the hammer to bend the metal to a 90-degree angle.

5Measure and mark for the paver

Place the paver on the bracket so that it's flush with the 90-degree angle you've just made. Make a mark a few millimetres away from the paver on the metal strip. Ours measured 153mm.

6Bend the metal

Place the metal strip in the vice with the 153mm mark in line with the top of the vice's jaws. Use the hammer to bend the metal 90 degrees. Your metal strip should now be a U shape.

7Measure and mark the metal

Place the paver into the bracket. Measure the height of the paver and make a mark on the metal strip a few millimetres above that. Ours was marked at 33mm.

8Bend the metal on a 45-degree angle

Place the metal strip in the vice, with the mark in line with the top of the vice's jaws. Use the hammer to bend the metal to a 45-degree angle.

9Measure and mark for the final bend

Now it's time to mark where you need to bend the metal so that it's parallel to the supporting bracket. Mark where the two ends of the aluminium strip overlap. Ours was at 240mm on the support piece of the bracket.

10Bend the metal

Place the aluminium strip back in the vice, once again with the mark in line with the top of the vice's jaws. Use the hammer to bend the metal so that it's parallel to the support piece of the bracket.

11Drill the mounting hole

Put the two overlapping pieces of aluminium strip into the vice and tighten. Drill through both pieces of metal with a 7mm drill bit. Countersink with a 10mm drill bit. Make sure that you don't drill all of the way through with the 10mm bit. 

12Cut off the excess metal

Place a screw through the holes in the bracket to make sure they stay aligned. Then clamp the bracket into the vice and use a hacksaw to cut off the overhanging metal.

13Sand the metal

Use the 120 grit sandpaper to clean away any burrs where you cut the aluminium strip.

14Make the second bracket

Repeat the steps you've just done to make the second bracket for your concrete wall shelf.

15Spray paint the brackets and screws

With a drop sheet down, spray paint the brackets and mounting screws. We choose to paint it black to give it an industrial look. You may need to apply two coats of paint. Let the paint dry between coats.

16Mount the shelf

Once you've decided where to put your shelf, use the drill and 65mm batten screws to secure one of the brackets to your fence. Use a level to mark where to put the other bracket. Once it's straight screw in the second bracket. 

17Insert the concrete paver

Slide the concrete paver between the brackets, put it in place and your shelf is complete.

18Dress your shelf

Now you have the perfect place to put sunscreen, swimming goggles and all of the things you need around the pool or anywhere else. Not only is it really handy, but it looks great too.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.