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How to Build Custom Shelves for a Rustic Room

If you're looking for a rustic style -- or maybe even a cabin feel for your own bedroom -- here's a project from host Fuad Reveiz to make that happen.

More in Windows Walls and Doors

siding used to create custom shelves
  • Time

    Two Days

  • Difficulty

    Easy

Highlights:

Step 1: Notch the Siding for the Door on Third Wall

To notch the siding to fit the trim atop the door, take the measurement of the length and the location of the trim. Use a jig saw to make this cut. Set the notched log into place. Nail into the tongue into the wall stud.

From this point, one more full log is secured over the door. The rest of the third wall -- and the full fourth wall -- is simply an installation of straight boards.

Step 2: Cut Pieces of Log Siding for Shelves

To create the wall shelves, use the chop saw to cut 4' long sections of log siding. Cut two 4' standards from 2 x 4 stock. Finally, cut 1" dowel rods to 7" lengths.

Place 2 x 4 standards on the wall 2 feet apart. Secure to the wall with 3" wood screws. With one screw in, check for plumb, then attach at every high point on the rounded log siding.

Use a 1" Forstner drill bit to drill four holes on each standard. Each hole must be 3/4" deep to hold the rods. Next, apply wood glue in the holes and the end of the rods and insert into the holes. Tap into place with a hammer as needed.

drill four holes on each standard

Step 3: Drill Dowel Rods and Place Shelves

Use a small wood bit to drill through the center of the dowel rods. Place a 4' shelf atop the rods, ensuring a 1' overhang at each end.

Place a torpedo level on the shelf and adjust. Secure to the rods with 2" screws.

drill through dowel rods

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