Saturday Morning Workshop: How To Build Floating Bookshelves
This 1-hour floating bookshelf project offers a perfect opportunity to learn how to cut plugs for hiding screws, and it'll add some really cool interest to your reading area, too.
IntroductionAlong with being visually interesting, these floating bookshelves are super simple to build. They use minimal material and require only a table saw or circular saw, a miter saw and a drill.
- 3/8” plug cutter
- Drill press
- Miter saw
- Table saw
- 1-1/2 in. FH Screws
- 2x6 oak
What It Takes
- Time: 1 hour
- Cost: $10
- Skill Level: Beginner
Project step-by-step (4)
Mill parts to size
Rip a 45-degree bevel on one edge of the 2x6. Rip the beveled edge free, so the offcut is 1-1/2 in. x 1-1/2 in. Cut two 6-in. lengths for the beveled ends (A). Make another rip at 1-1/2 in. for the sides (B).
Assemble the shelves
Drill 3/8-in. counterbores into the end of each side (B) using a Forstner bit. Clamp the frames together and drill pilot holes. Remove the clamps and drill a clearance hole through the counterbores in the sides. Fasten the sides to the beveled ends with 1-1/2-in. flat-head screws.
Cut plugs using a drill press and a 3/8-in. plug cutter. Pop out the plugs with a chisel. If you don't own a drill press and a plug cutter set, use 3/8-in. dowel stock instead.
Glue and insert the plugs into the counterbores. Wipe away any excess glue with a damp towel. Let the glue dry. Use a handsaw to cut the plug flush, protecting the wood surface with a piece of cardboard, and then sand. Finish the shelves however you'd like!