Quick and easy shelf build. These plans will build two floating shelves, a larger shelf on the bottom and a slightly smaller shelf that can be installed above it.

see the Extras tab for drawings and dimensions

Difficulty moderate


Kreg Tools

Other Tools

  • Miter Saw
    Miter Saw
  • Square
  • Table Saw
    Table Saw
  • Tape Measure
    Tape Measure
  • Clamps
  • Drill (cordless)
    Drill (cordless)
  • Impact Driver
    Impact Driver
  • Nail Gun
    Nail Gun
  • Sander


Wood Products

  • 4 Board , 1x8 , 96"

Hardware & Supplies

  • 10 Kreg pocket hole plugs
  • 10 Kreg 1 1/4" pocket hole screws

Cut List & Parts

  • 2 A , 5" x 52 1/2" x 3/4"
  • 1 B , 6 1/2" x 52 1/2" x 3/4"
  • 2 C , 4 1/4" x 5 3/4" x 3/4'"
  • 1 D , 4 3/4" x 52 1/2" x 3/4"
  • 2 E , 4 1/4" 4" x 3/4"


  • Cut 1x8s to size

    Following the drawings in the "Extras" tab cut your four 1" x 8" to length and width

  • Add angle to bottom plates

    as noted in drawings add your 45 deg cut to the front face bottom side of you two bottom shelves (Part B & D)

  • Add Radius to bottom plates

    using a router, add a 3/16" radius to the front top side of your bottom plate (Parts B & D)

  • Add pocket holes

    Using your Kreg pocket jig, drill your pocket holes on the bottom side of Part B & D

  • Cut sides

    Following the dimensions on the drawings, cut out the side pieces for both shelves (Part C & E)

  • Sand all pieces

    before assembly, lightly sand all pieces. We rounded all the edges in the front lip down to give it a nice smooth finish

  • Add Key holes

    to hang the shelves on the wall we used key holes. We routed 5" long slots starting 2" in from the ends. Depending on Stud locations you may want to customize this.

  • Assemble Back and Bottom

    Assemble backs and bottoms of the small and large shelves. We used wood glue and pocket hole screws in the pocket holes to secure together.

  • Fill Pocket holes

    Using Kreg plugs, we filled all the pocket holes

  • Attach sides

    attach the sides to the ends of the shelves as per the drawings. Secure with wood glue and brad nails

  • Final sand

    fill any imperfections/holes with wood filler, let dry, and give the piece a final sand

  • Stain

    Stain and let dry - we used Varathane Dark Walnut Wood Stain

  • Varnish

    once stain drys Varnish the shelves to protect - we used Minwax Clear Matte Latex Polycrylic Finish. We like this finish as it dosen't yellow once it drys.

  • Mount Shelves

    mount your shelves to the wall using your key holes and enjoy!