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Building Shelves

We will help you make building shelves easy with these how-tos and tips from expert woodworkers.

  1. Simple Box Shelves

    Organize the clutter. These simple, but handsome, box shelves will store books, hats, shoes, and all kinds of knick-knacks. You can even sit on them!

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  1. How to Fix Sagging Cabinet Shelves

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    Try these three easy ways to take the sag out of cabinet shelving or to support heavy shelf loads and prevent sagging.

  2. Built-In Shelves

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    Use this project for built-in shelves to unlock hidden storage space between the studs in your walls. Install a single, open box of shelves, or install two boxes and add a set of glass doors.

  3. How to Build a Wall Shelf

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    This versatile cherry shelf goes together in a few hours, and with a quick-drying finish you can have it on the wall in a day. The extra-wide top makes it perfect for vases, antiques and collectibles.

  4. DIY Box Shelves

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    Box shelves are inexpensive, easy to make and highly versatile. Make the combination of sizes and depths you need for any room, from the living room to the laundry. Box construction techniques are always the same.

  5. How to Build Floating Shelves

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    These shelves are handsome, easy to build and inexpensive. And they're strong even though they have no visible supports. They appear to float on the wall, no clunky hardware or brackets. We made them from only two parts—half of a hollow core door and a 2x4.

  6. Leaning Tower of Shelves

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    We'll show you everything you need to know to build this handsome shelving unit in a day. The shelves are tough enough to hold books, while its whimsical look makes it a perfect addition to almost any room. It's a great woodworking project to give as a gift or use in your own home.

  7. Stylish Shelves

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    As far as built-in bookshelves go, this is one of the easiest projects to build yourself. We used basic building techniques and cabinets from a home center to make the construction as simple as possible. But despite its simplicity, the shelves have a custom-built look that will enhance any room.

  8. How to Make a Cottage Shelf with Branches

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    Need a quick, distinctive display shelf? Make this twig furniture style shelf from all-natural materials. Just cut the supports from branches, screw on a shelf, attach it to the wall and you're done!

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