D.I.Y. corner shelves

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D.I.Y. corner shelves

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Project 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.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut the plywood
2 Mark and measure for the dowel
3 Drill the holes for the dowel
4 Join the plywood pieces
5 Sand the shelf
6 Measure and mark where the shelves will go
7 Find the studs
8 Attach the flanges to the wall
9 Place the shelves on the supports
10 Screw the caps onto the pipes
11 Paint your new shelves
  • Step 1. Cut 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. 

  • Step 2. Mark 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.

  • Step 3. Drill 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. 

  • Step 4. Join 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.

  • Step 5. Sand the shelf

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

  • Step 6. Measure 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.

  • Step 7. Find 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.

  • Step 8. Attach the flanges to the wall

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

  • Step 9. Place the shelves on the supports

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

  • Step 10. Screw 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.

  • Step 11. Paint 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.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Clamp
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Dust mask
  • Earmuffs
  • 10mm spade bit
  • Drop saw
  • Hammer
  • Hollow wall anchor
  • Measuring tape
  • Paint brush
  • Painters tape
  • Pencil
  • Roofing square
  • Safety glasses
  • Spirit level
  • Stud finder

Materials

  • 600mm x 2250mm x 30mm plywood
  • 15mm x 250mm threaded galvanised pipe x 8
  • 15mm galvanised flanges x 8
  • 15mm brass threaded caps x 8
  • 10mm x 38mm fluted dowels
  • 65mm screws
  • Paint
  • PVA wood glue
  • Sandpaper

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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