For this project we're making floating shelves in a small bathroom nook using pocket holes and the Kreg Universal Rip-Cut Circular Saw Jig. It's an inexpensive project that can turn an otherwise unusable space into something functional and beautiful!

Difficulty easy


Kreg Tools

Other Tools

  • Cordless impact driver
    Cordless impact driver
  • Cordless drill
    Cordless drill
  • Mitre saw
    Mitre saw
  • Nail gun
    Nail gun
  • Small level
    Small level


Wood Products

  • 2 Poplar hardwood hobby board , 1/4-inch x 3-inch x 4 Feet
  • 2 Sanded aspen plywood , 1/2-inch x 4 Feet x 8
  • 2 Framing lumber , 1x2x8

Hardware & Supplies

  • 1 Box of 1" Kreg screws (see tool list)
  • 1 Box of 1" finishing nails
  • 1 Wood filler
  • 1 Paint or stain of choice
  • 1 Box of 1.5" wood screws

Cut List & Parts

  • 1 See materials list


  • Prep all of your cuts

    To start, prep all cuts. My shelves had to be cut 22.5” wide and 16.5” deep to fit into my nook. I
    used the Kreg Universal Rip-Cut Circular Saw Jig to rip my plywood pieces to size. I then used
    the mitre saw to cut the 1x2’s into 16” pieces.

  • Drill pocket holes

    Drill 2 pocket holes into each 1x2 piece, about 2-3 inches from the edge. These will be used to
    attach to the plywood without any nail or screw holes. On the bottom shelves, I used the pocket
    holes to attach the 1x2 to the top of the sheld, and on the top shelves, I used them to attach the
    bottom piece of the shelf so that there are no holes to fill and no visible marks.

  • Attach the supporting pieces

    Find the right height for your shelves and screw 1x2 pieces on either side of the nook making
    sure they are level. I made sure to leave extra space under the lowest shelf for a laundry
    hamper, and all of the other shelves ate about 15” apart. Using your ⅕” wood screws and impact
    driver, screw the 1x2’s into studs.

  • Add the shelf top and bottom

    Depending on which shelf you’re starting with, use pocket holes to attach the plywood pieces.
    Again, on the bottom shelves, I used pocket holes to attach the top plywood piece and a nail
    gun to attach the bottom since those holes will not be visible.

  • Add the front piece

    Once the tops and bottoms are on, use a nail gun and finishing nails to add the front piece on. I
    only used 3 nails to minimize having to fill in any holes and filled those in with some wood filler.

  • Repeat as needed

    Depending on how many shelves you’d like, repeat the process! I made four evenly spaced
    shelves, with extra room under the bottom one.

  • Paint or stain

    So long as you have the same wood species for the plywood and front cover piece, staining
    would be no problem. I opted to paint mine in the same colour as the walls to really make them
    look like they’re built into the nook.