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Overview

A corner shelf can be built in any room of the house. These handy shelves make the most of a room by saving space and giving you extra storage. This easy-to-follow guide shows you the tools you need and gives you some simple tips to build a corner shelf.

Steps

1Cut the plywood

Once you've worked out how big you want your corner shelf to be you can take your measurements to Bunnings where you can get the plywood cut for you. Or you can cut the plywood yourself with a drop saw. Mark and measure out your 45-degree mitre joint and cut it. Make sure you're wearing your safety glasses, dust mask and ear muffs when cutting the timber. 

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2Mark and measure for the dowel

To join the two pieces of timber together, we'll use dowel joins. Measure and mark a spot near the top, bottom and middle of the plywood on both pieces of timber.

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3Drill the holes for the dowel

Place the plywood on its side and use the spade bit to drill the six holes for the dowel. A simple way to make sure you don't drill too deep is to use masking tape to mark half the length of the dowel on your drill bit. 

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4Join the plywood pieces

Apply PVA wood glue into the six drilled holes. Insert the dowel into the three holes on one piece of plywood. Apply glue to the mitre join. Join the two pieces of plywood together, making sure they're flush.

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5Sand the shelf

Wait for the glue to dry. Put on your dust mask and sand the shelf so that it's smooth. 

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6Measure and mark where the shelves will go

In the corner of your room, measure and mark where the shelves will go. Make sure the points you mark are level.

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7Find the studs

Use a stud finder to find the studs behind the wall where you will hang the shelves. Mark the spots where the studs are.

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8Attach the flanges to the wall

Use the drill and screws to secure the flanges to the studs. Repeat this for all of the flanges.

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9Place the shelves on the supports

Place the shelves on the pipe supports, so that they're flush with the corner and the wall.

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10Screw the caps onto the pipes

To finish the job off, screw the caps onto the ends of the pipes. You can also paint the shelves so that it matches your décor or you can go with a more natural wood look.

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11Paint your new shelves

You can also paint the shelves so that it matches your décor or you can go with a more natural wood look.

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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.