Browsing Category:

WOODWORK

How to: Stunning {but Cheap} Wall Bookshelves

Got tools? Need builtins? Build these custom eclectic modern wall bookshelves over the weekend for less than $150 – They are the perfect project for a beginner woodworker! 

 

Wall Shelves

 

I recently completed a Living Room makeover for the $100 Room Challenge where I shared all kinds of DIY projects for under $100. Storage is essential in this room. We spend a great deal of time in here as a family with a variety of activities. Before the make-over, we had bookcases that held what we needed, but they weren’t exactly easy on the eyes – They were too narrow, too short, and just plain ugly.

I found a unit at West Elm, and was instantly smitten, with a perfect shelving design that hit all of the marks: eclectic modern, with a touch of mid-century, light, airy, and not at all ugly! The one mark it didn’t hit was budget or size.

So, I dusted off my saw, hit up one of my favorite people in the whole world, April at Uncookiecutter.com, and got busy designing a custom, cheap, easy-to-build solution, using plywood. April is so crazy talented that I knew if anyone could figure out how to build these plans, it would be her! We wanted to mimic the metal supports on the original. To do so, we painted 1″x4″s in a faux metal finish. If you’re interested in subscribing to my monthly newsletter, you can download a tutorial on how I painted the faux metal here!

These wall shelves are simple enough that someone with a basic knowledge of tools and building can make them in a weekend and should cost you about $140 for materials.

You will need a few tools though and of course, the plans. You can get them HERE.

Note: I have 8′ ceilings with crown molding. The shelves as suggested will fit directly under the crown. The plans base the center shelf width on the width of my door frame – be sure to measure your ceiling and doorframe, then adjust the plans accordingly.

Wall Shelves_2

Ready? Let’s get started making custom wall shelves for your room!

Build Custom Wall Bookshelves

*This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase through a link, I receive a small commission at no expense to you. Thanks for supporting KnockitOff Kim!

Materials:

Wood

Download the plans HERE for a full wood cutting list. Remember to measure and adjust according to your room!

Tip on choosing wood: To keep costs down I used regular plywood and as much “common” wood as possible. To make it easier on myself, I used pre-primed trim boards for the open towers of each shelf unit – these are usually much straighter and they are already sanded and primed, which cut down significantly on time! 

Other

Wood glue
1 1/4″ Pocket hole screws
3/4″  Wood screws
Sample size Behr “Black Suede”
Sample size Behr “Amazon Stone”
Rustoleum Metallic “Chrome”
Rustoleum Metallic “Antique Brass”
Broom head with stiff bristles, wire brush and/or coarse hair paint brush
Minwax Finishing Wax
Wood Conditioner
Minwax “Aged Oak” Gel Stain
Metal Shelf Brackets

Tools

Kreg Jig
Circular saw
90-degree clamp OR Kreg right angle clamp
Sandpaper
Brad Nailer
Drill 
1/4″ drill bit
Reciprocating Saw

Prepare your Materials

Cut your plywood or better yet, have your hardware store cut it for you. Be sure to ask them to check for accuracy. Having them make your cuts will save you so much time and effort!

Wall Shelves - cuts

Use your reciprocating saw to notch out the bottom of the 10″ vertical side pieces to ensure the unit will go over the baseboard and lay flush with the wall.
Sand any rough edges from all pieces.
Wall Shelves - prepare wood sand

Prepare your Wall

 Measure the location for your open towers on the wall and remove a 4.5″ section of baseboard with your reciprocating saw where the open tower will stand, to ensure a proper fit. Remove a 1.25″ piece of 1/4 round from the area beside your doorframe on either side.

 Drill Shelf pin Holes

Measure from the bottom of each 10″x 92.5″ vertical piece and the 4-1×4 pieces, marking your pin holes using the measures outlined in the plans.
Wall Shelves - mark holes across all
To make fast work of adding the marks, I laid the boards out and I used a drywall t-square with a measuring tape to mark the hole location across all boards at the same time starting from the bottom.
Wall Shelves - mark holes - make marks
Check for pinhole level against each piece. I found it easiest to stand all six pieces upright and place a level across all panels at the center of each pinhole mark. Adjust marks where necessary before drilling.
Wall Shelves - level shelf holes - stand upright
Wall Shelves - level shelf holes - level
Use a Kreg jig pin holer to drill shelf-pin holes.
Wall Shelves - drill stop and drilling holes
If you don’t have a pin hole jig – I somehow lost mine during this project – you will need a drill stop to ensure you only make an indentation rather than a hole straight through. You can make one by stacking two- 2×4 scraps together and drilling a hole through the center using a 3/8″ drill bit. Center your drill stop over the pinhole marks and use a 1/4″(6.15mm) drill bit to drill the hole.

Add Pocket Holes

Drill three-quarter inch pocket holes on one end of each of the smaller shelf pieces.
 Wall Shelves - shelf pocket holes
Add pocket holes to the eight-1″x4″ shelf supports.

Wall Shelves - pocket holes shelf supports

Measure the distance from your ceiling to the top of the door trim you will be framing. Use this measurement for the top support to ensure that the shelves across the entire unit are level. My door frame sat at 9 15/16″ from the bottom of the crown molding – that is where I placed my top shelf support.

Stain and Paint the Pieces

Wall Shelves - staining shelves

Stain all shelves and the 10″ vertical side pieces in the stain of hope your choice. I’ve included the stain colors I used on my shelf in the supply list.
Wall Shelves - staining painting
Paint your 1×4 sides as well as shelf supports. To simulate a metal finish as I did, download this guide I created for my newsletter subscribers!

Assemble the Open Tower

Wall Shelves - assemble open tower

Use a framing square and clamps to assemble the long 1″x4″ piece and two of the 1″x4″ braces into a rectangle. Add two 1″x4″ center shelf supports, pocket holes facing up, using pocket hole screws and wood glue as outlined by the plans and the measurement you took above for the top support. I also added a third support and stationary shelf on the bottom to ensure I could secure the entire shelf properly to my baseboards. attach the open frame to the wall with a pin nailer to hold it in place. You will reinforce this at a later step.

Mark location of Shelves

Wall Shelves - run through
Prepare to add the shelves by leveling them first on each side. To do this, Lean the solid side in place against the frame. Run each shelf through the open tower support and level against the  10″ vertical piece. Mark the location underneath with a pencil where the two parts meet.

Attach Shelves

Wall Shelves - pocket hole attach

Lay the 10″ vertical side down on the ground and attach a small shelf with pocket holes facing down at each marked line from the previous step. Attach a shelf support (1″x2″) under the shelf with a brad nailer and glue hiding the pocket holes.

Assemble Full Tower

Stand the 10″ vertical side up, and align on the wall. Connect the open tower and the vertical side by running the shelves through open tower shelf supports. Check for level then use the brad nailer to secure all shelves to all supports.

Wall Shelves - connected shelves

Wall Shelves - brad nail

Build Second Tower

Repeat steps above (Assemble the Open Tower through Assemble Full Tower) to build the second tower.

Add Center Support Shelf

Wall Shelves - center shelf

Attach 1×2 supports in line with your doorframe on the outside of each tower to support the center shelf. Slide the center shelf into place, on top of the supports and door frame, with pocket holes facing up, and use pocket hole screws to secure into a stud location.  Secure to supports and door frame with brad nails.

Secure to the wall

Wall Shelves - secure into wall

Use the brad nailer to secure the 10″ vertical side to the door frame. Use 2 1/2″ screws to secure the open tower on both sides to the wall or trim.

Add Adjustable Shelves

 

Insert shelf brackets into the shelf pin holes on all four points. Slide a shelf into place on rest on top of supports. Secure shelf brackets with a 3/4″ wood screw to the bottom of each shelf.

Finishing

Touch up any stain or paint as needed. Apply a thin coat of finishing wax.

Stand back and congratulate yourself, Master-builder! You did it! 

Electic modern style, with a touch of mid-century, light, airy, within budget and not at all ugly! I’d say this wall shelving unit is exactly what this space needed!

Wall Shelves-left - watermark

wall shelves side view

 

Enter your email address to get new post notification by email! It’s non-stop Knock it Off Kim fun!

* indicates required


Email Format

wall shelves-pin

DIY Geometric Wood Candle Holder

Posted in DIY, HOLIDAYS, WOODWORK
on December 11, 2016

Hi, I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend! If you aren’t already, I’d love for you to follow KnockitoffKim on Pinterest and Instagram – it’s an easy way to keep up with my latest projects.

I’m here today to share my project for the13 Days of Woodworking challenge – I’m day 11! The hashtag for today’s entry is #candlelit!

 

woodworking ideas

If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m doing my best to keep up with a super-talented group of woodworking bloggers to bring you 13 days of DIY woodworking projects. Our gift to you – free build plans and a giveaway for $300 worth of tools! Refer to this post for instructions on how to enter, and while you are there, take a moment to check out all of the projects  – the projects are out of this world!

 

beginner woodworking project
This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

Today I’m sharing a tutorial for these geometric candle holders!

This project is a little new for me, but wow, I’ve had so much fun!  Let’s get right to it, shall we?

Tools I used:
You can make the candle holders without electric tools, but they are much easier with!

Things you will need:

  • (1) 1″x 6″ x 8′ board – I used common pine
  • (4) 1.5″ x 6′ lattice strips
  • black paint (I used Rustoleum high gloss)
  • polyurethane or polyacrylic
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • wood glue
  • wood filler, if needed
  • sandpaper – 80 grit and 220 grit
  • measuring tape
  • a printed copy (print on 8″x11.5″ paper) of this template, pieces cut out
  • tealight candles (3)
Although you can make the bases any height, I’m going to be sharing the sizes I made. To change this, just make sure all sides of your eventual triangle are equal.
Make the bases:
My bases are 5.5″, 7.5″ and 9.5″ tall and were cut from the 1″ x 6″ board.
Step 1: Begin by cutting (3) boards from the 1″ x 6″ to your desired height for each base. Step 2: Set your miter or table saw to 30˚. Trim the sides of each base piece to 30˚. Step 3: Using the provided template, cut the center triangle (piece A) from 1×6. This piece will be used to hold the tealight candle. Step 4: Arrange the pieces, matching the edges by overlapping on each end, around the center triangle, ensuring proper fit, and that the center drops down 1/4″ from the top edge. Step 5: Glue together using a thin yet generous smear along connecting edge and secure with a brad nailer, ensuring the pieces are pressed tightly together. Wipe off any excess glue. Fill brad nail holes with wood filler. Step 6: Let glue and wood filler dry, then sand the base smooth to 220 grit. Repeat for all three bases, then paint the tallest base and half of the middle base in black.

 

Add embellishments:
Step 7: Cut the required pieces (pieces b – g) as outlined in the template from the lattice strips and print out a copy of the Embellishment Layout. Step 8: Paint 6 of piece b and 3 of piece c in black. Step 9: Assemble using glue (and brad nails where needed) as outlined in the Embellishment Layout. Step 9: Fill any holes with wood filler. Step 10: Sand any rough areas in embellishments and apply a clear polyurethane over the candles holders. Let dry. Step 11: Add candles. Make merry and enjoy!
I hope you’ll give this project a try! If you have any questions, let me know by leaving a comment below.
These candle holders would make a great gift idea this Christmas and fit nicely into a wide variety of decor styles. #onegiftdownamilliontogo
Thanks for stopping by! I’m off to tackle my gift list – wish me luck!
Don’t forget it, Pin It!

Enter your email address to subscribe for non-stop Knock it Off Kim fun!

* indicates required


Email Format

 

13 Days of a Woodworker Christmas!

Posted in HOLIDAYS, WOODWORK
on November 28, 2016
13 Days of a Woodworker Christmas!
13 Bloggers
13 Days
13 Projects
We have teamed up to bring you 13 days of awesome original build plans that you can make in time for Christmas. Sure, we could do 12 days of Christmas like the décor bloggers usually do, but this is about woodworkers! Not only do you get an extra project, but we are giving you a chance to get your own Christmas present as well through our giveaway!

When Does This Holiday Start?
Here’s the deal: For thirteen days, starting December 1st and ending December 13th, thirteen talented bloggers are going to share their woodcraft Christmas ideas with you. There will be a little something for everyone, with projects at different skill levels.
So mark your calendars for December 1st when the fun kicks off. Come back each day and unwrap the link to each blogger’s post.
Who Are These Talented Bloggers?
My Love 2 Create – Do not open until December 1st  – Opened!
The Handyman’s Daughter – Do not open until December 2nd   – Opened!
Craftsman Drive – Do not open until December 3rd – Opened!
Handmade with Ashley – Do not open until December 4th  – Opened
Hazel & Gold – Do not open until December 5th – Opened
The Painted Key – Do not open until December 6th – Opened
The Created Home – Do not open until December 7th – Opened
Her Tool Belt – Do not open until December 8th – Opened
Lazy Guy DIY – Do not open until December 9th  – Opened
Uncookie Cutter – Do not open until December 10th – Opened
Knock It Off Crafter – Do not open until December 11th – Opened
The Jawn Shop – Do not open until December 12th  
Keddie Woodshop – Do not open until December 13th
But What About My Present?
We did say giveaway didn’t we?  Have you been naughty or nice this year?  We’ve teamed up with @RyobiPowerTools and @PaintWIZ_ Paint Sprayers to bring you a prize pack valued at over $300!  Have you seen Ryobi’s new One+ 18v Brushless Hammer Drill/Driver Kit in stores yet?  I bet you haven’t because these haven’t even hit shelves yet.  How about Fuji Spray’s DIY turbine paint sprayer called the PaintWIZ?  We’ve got that too!  US and Canada residents only please*
But how do I enter?

 

To enter to win the giveaway, starting December 1st repost the 13 Days of a Woodworker Christmas Image to your Instagram feed with the tag #13DaysofWoodworking.  Want additional entries?  Each day a different blogger “unwraps” their project they’ll post a teaser image on their Instagram feed.  Follow their account (and check out their project!) and repost their teaser image to your Instagram feed with the same tag #13DaysofWoodworking along with the unique tag that will be given out along with each project.  What?  We are giving you 14 different chances to win this awesome gift pack?  Darn right, it’s the season of giving isn’t it?  You have until 10:00pm PST on December 14th to enter.  All entries will be tallied and a winner will be announced Friday, December 16th.
Page 1 of 2
1 2
Almost there! Enter your information below to start your instant download!

Sign up to get your free Tea-riffic Gift Labels!
Almost there! Enter your information below to start your instant download!

Sign up to get your free 50s Car Cutout Pattern!
Almost there! Enter your information below to start your instant download!

Sign up to get your free 50s Car Cutout Pattern!
Almost there! Enter your information below to start your instant download!

Sign up to get your free Bohemian Place Cards!
Almost there! Enter your information below to start your instant download!

Sign up to get your free Hello Fall Printable!
Almost there! Enter your information below to start your instant download!

Sign up to get your free South Pacific Playbill Printable!
Almost there! Enter your information below to start your instant download!

Sign up for your "Extra" Teacher Appreciation Labels!
Almost there! Enter your information below to start your instant download!

Sign up to get immediate access!
Almost there! Enter your information below to start your instant download!

Sign up for your Fun and Funky Father's Day Gift Guide!
Almost there! Enter your information below to start your instant download!

Sign up for to get the PDF tutorial for taking your stairs from wow to holy cow!
Almost there! Enter your information below to start your instant download!

Sign up for our newsletter to get your printable calendar numbers!
Almost there! Enter your information below to start your instant download!

Sign up for to get the PDF tutorial for creating a DIY Acrylic Disc Chandelier!
Almost there! Enter your information below to start your instant download!

Sign up for my newsletter to get the Informal Tablesetting Cheat Sheet PDF!
Almost there! Enter your information below to start your instant download!

Sign up for my newsletter to get these Christmas Gift Tags!
Almost there! Enter your information below to start your instant download!

Sign up for my newsletter to get these Christmas Gift Tags!
Almost there! Enter your information below to start your instant download!

Sign up for my newsletter to get this Carrot Wreath Form Guide!
Almost there! Enter your information below to start your instant download!

Sign up for my newsletter to get this How to Paint a Faux Metal Finish Guide!