Simple Box Shelves

Custom-size and finish these super-simple box shelves for any room in the house

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Air compressor
  • Brad nail gun
  • Cordless drill
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Stud finder
  • Level
  • Drill bit set
  • Framing square
  • One-handed bar clamps
  • Paint roller
  • Putty knife
  • Router
  • Safety glasses
  • Sanding block
  • Paintbrush
  • Wood glue

Table saw (optional), Paint roller, small diameter, You'll also need ripping and crosscutting guides for your circular saw and a flush-trim router bit.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 1/2-in. Birch plywood
  • Fast-drying Wood filler
  • Sandpaper, 80, 120 and 220 grit
  • Primer
  • Paint