I have an easy project that makes the classic plate shelf versatile enough for any room! I’ll give you the basics and then you can adapt it to your needs.
STEP 1: You need two twelve inch pieces of one by eight poplar, and four twenty four inch pieces, a one by six, a one by four, and a two one by twos.
STEP 2: For a basic shelf, make a diagonal cut two inches in from the left and four and half inches up from the bottom on each of the twelve inch pieces. For a fancier shelf, use a jigsaw to cut a more decorative edge.
STEP 3: Sand all of the pieces so that you get a nice clean finished product.
STEP 4: Dry fit the pieces together, the shorter one by eights are the sides, the one by four is the back, and the one by twos are the front.
STEP 5: For assembly you can use nails or screws. Mark all fastener locations; you’ll want two screws on each side to connect the back piece, three along the bottom and one on each side for the front.
STEP 6: Then simply assemble the piece. If you have access to a nail gun you’ll get the piece done in no time, you could even make several to give as gifts!
STEP 7: Now all that’s left to do is the finish work. Fill the nail holes, sand, prime and paint!