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Saturday Morning Workshop: How To Build a Floating Shelf with Secret Drawer

Learn how to make this sleek, modern floating shelf with a secret hiding place for your valuables.

Follow the step-by-step plans, video tutorial and tech art below to make this simple floating shelf that includes a drawer for secret storage.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine


Materials List

What It Takes

Cutting List

Rip the 1×4

Rip the 1×4 board to 2-7/8 in. for the shelf sides and front. This will give you about 1/8 in. tolerance for the drawer section of the build and let it slide nicely.

Cut the Plywood to Size

Cut the 1/4-in. plywood on the table saw to (1) 11-1/4 in. x 22-3/8 in. for the drawer and (2) 12 in. x 24 in. for the shelf.

Crosscut the 1×3 and 1×4 Boards

Crosscut the pine boards to size, according to the cutting list above, on the miter saw. Make sure to double-check your measurements!

Assemble the Drawer

Fasten the drawer together using glue and  2 in. 18-gauge brad nails.

Assemble the Shelf

Assemble the shelf with glue and 2 in. 18-gauge brad nails.

Rough Cut the Veneer

Set the drawer on top of the veneer and cut the veneer to a rough size

Apply the Veneer and Cut to Size

Stick on the veneer and cut along the edges of the drawer with a utility knife to the correct size. Lightly sand the corners and edges with a high-grit sandpaper to get the veneer to match.

If you want to learn more about some veneer techniques, check out this article.

Tech Art



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