The angle for each cut on the hexagon frame is 30 degrees. Set the drop saw at 30 degrees and make a mitre cut on one end of the length of oak. Then measure, mark and cut six pieces at 250mm, measuring long end to long end. Mitre both ends. These ends should be mirror images.
Once your six pieces of timber are cut you can join them together. Placing one piece of timber on the workbench, apply a bead of wood glue to the end of another piece. Place this piece next to the first piece and clamp them together, making sure the angles are flush. Nail the timber in place. For each side, pin the top and bottom at opposing angles to help ensure a better join. Nail the centre to finish. Repeat this to join all six pieces of timber, making sure all edges are flush.
Use wood putty to fill any holes or gaps in the shelf. Let it dry.
Once the putty is dry use the orbital sander and the 240 grit sandpaper to sand the shelf so that the putty is flat and the edges are smooth.
You can stain, varnish or paint the wall shelves to suit your décor. We applied a clear varnish to highlight the natural colour and grain. Apply as many coats as necessary, lightly sanding between coats.
To eliminate any visible wall fixings, we used a threaded rod to fix the shelves to the wall. Measure, mark and cut the threaded rod to 100mm, use as many as you think necessary. Use a 6mm drill bit to drill 60mm into a stud in the wall. Do the same on the back of the shelf to a depth of 40mm. Hammer the threaded rod into the back of the shelf. Fit the rod into the matching holes on the wall. Repeat the steps above to make as many shelves as you like. You can also add internal shelves within the shelves.
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.