This "curvy" shelf tricks your eyes into thinking it would be a very complicated build! But it's not, and we'll show you exactly how to do it! Such a fun and quirky shelf could be used for books, plants, home décor, or bathroom storage!

Difficulty moderate

Cut List & Parts

  • 1 Back , 3/4 x 13 5/16 x 61
  • 1 Narrow Back , 3/4 x 12 5/8 x 61
  • 1 Fronts , 3/4 x 16 x 61
  • 4 Shelf (One Cap) , 3/4 x 12 5/8 x 12 1/2
  • 2 Radius Shelf , 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 12 1/2
  • 2 Caps (Fronts) , 3/4 x 1/8 x 65
  • 4 Caps (Shelf) , 3/4 x 1/8 x 12 5/8
  • 2 Caps (Radius) , 3/4 x 1/8 x 24


  • Plans

    Download and familiarize yourself with the plans.

  • Break down plywood

    Using a track saw, break down the plywood. You should have both backs, six shelves, and a board that will be used for both fronts.

  • Front Template

    Using a scrap of 1/4 plywood, layout the front pattern

    Tip: Using a square to create your radius

    Hammer a nail into the center then use the square, hooked on the nail.

  • Cut Template

    Cut 1/4" Template and sand smooth.

  • Layout Fronts

    Layout fronts on 3/4" plywood and cut with bandsaw.

    Tip: Leave some meat

    leave between a 1/16" to an 1/8" inch of material. we will clean it up with the router in the next step

  • Route using the Template

    clamp the template to the fronts and route using a pattern bit.

    Tip: Carpet Tape

    We used Carpet tape on the narrow part of the template.

  • Add Cap

    Cut 1/8" pine caps using a table saw and glue onto the edge of the plywood fronts.

    Tip: Use a lot of clamps

    Bandy Clamps work nice for this.

  • Middle Shelves

    Cut the radius of the middle shelf and glue the 1/8" cap the the front edge. Then glue the caps to the remaining shelves.

    Tip: Use the scrap of wood

    Use the the scrap remaining from cutting the radius to help when bending the cap around the sharp radius.

  • Shelf Pilot Holes

    Layout the location for the shelves and drill a 1/8" pilot hole through both backs.

  • Drill Pocket Holes

    Drill pocket holes on one edge of the Narrow Back.

  • Glue and Screw the Backs

    Screw the Narrow back to the other back.

  • install the shelves

    line up and screw the shelves into position.

  • Glue and clamp the Fronts.

    Glue and clamp the fronts into position.

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