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.
An hour or less
Less than $20
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
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Project step-by-step (4)
Mill parts to size
Rip a 45-degree bevel on one edge of the 2×6. 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!