LED Display Shelf. This shelf has built in LED lightning to display lego, die-cast cars, etc! This plans notes materials to make one (1) shelf.

Difficulty moderate


Wood Products

  • 1 Plywood , 2'x2' , 3/4"
  • 1 Plywood , 1'x2' , 1/4"
  • 1 Clear Acrylic , 20" x 1" , 1/8"

Hardware & Supplies

  • 1 LED Light kit (linked in "Extras")
  • 1 Kreg wood plugs

Cut List & Parts

  • 1 Bottom , 20 1/2" x 7" x 3/4"
  • 1 Top , 20 1/2" x 7" x 3/4"
  • 2 Sides , 5" x 7" x 3/4
  • 1 Back , 19 1/2" x 5 1/4" x 1/4"


  • Cut Materials to Size

    Working off the cut list and building plans cut the sides, top, bottom, and back to size

  • Route Channel for LED strip - 1/2" Channel - top piece

    Using a router and router table, route a 1/2" channel as noted on the plans 3/8" deep on the top piece. This is where the LED strip will sit.

  • Route Channel for LED strip - 3/4" channel - top piece

    Using a router and router table, route a 3/4" channel as noted on the plans 1/8" deep on the top piece. This is where the acrylic lens will sit. You can adjust depth of this cut depending on your acrylic's thickness. Or you can delete this step and just leave the LED strip exposed.

  • Route channel for backing

    Set you Router table fence and route all the groves for the backing to sit in. The channel can be the entire heigth of the sides. For the top and bottom leave about 1/8" at the ends of the channel

    Tip: Add Pocket Holes

    Add the pockets holes to both sides, noting the orientation of the piece (no pocket holes at the back to avoid LED wring and key holes).

  • Add Key Holes

    To easily and securely hand this on the wall you can add key holes to the back. Note the orientation of the pieces as the keyholes need to have the correct way (and at the back). You can ignore this step if you wish to hang the shelf in an alternative way.

  • Paint LED Strip Channel

    Optional step - you may want to finish or paint the channel the LED strip goes in ahead of time as it will be more difficult to finish once the LED strip is installed.

  • Add LED strip

    Secure your LED strip. Ours had double sided tape. Once installed cover you strip with painter's tape to prevent finish from getting on the LEDs.

  • Add Pocket Holes

    Add four pocket holes to each side

  • Assembly - Part 1

    Glue and screw the two sides to the top of the shelve. Ensure the wiring is in the correct placement and the key holes point the right way.

  • Drill hole for LED strip controller

    If your LED's have a controller and switch. Add a hole to the back (noted in drawings for the linked LED kit) to allow the remote to active and control the LED lightning.

  • Assembly - Part 2

    Add glue and slide the backing into place, ensuring the hole for the LED 's controller is in the right position.

  • Assembly - Part 3

    Add the bottom to the shelf and glue and screw into place with the pocket holes

  • Fill Pocket holes

    Using Kreg's wooden plugs, fill the 8 pocket holes

  • Sand

    Fill and cracks, nicks and sand entire box to prep for finish

  • Apply Finish

    Add your desired finish, we primed and painted the shelf black

  • Add Acrylic

    Add and secure the Acrylic lens in place using silicone or glue. You can install by bending the middle up, inserting the ends under the shelf's sides. You can use hot glue to secure the lens into place.

  • Add LED Battery and Hardware

    Secure the LED hardware and battery to the back of the shelf. Have the controller's "eye" go through the hole of the backing. You may need to slightly modify to have it sit flat.