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How to Build Custom Shelves

Host Fuad Reveiz shows how to use siding to create custom shelves.

More in Remodeling

siding used to create custom shelves
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Cut the Boards

Use the chop saw to cut 4' long sections boards. Cut two 4' standards from 2x4 stock. Finally, cut 1" dowel rods to 7" lengths.

Step 2: Secure the Boards to the Wall

Place 2x4 standards on the wall two feet apart. Secure it to the wall with 3" wood screws. With one screw in, check for plumb and attach it at every high point on the board.

Step 3: Drill Four Holes

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

drill four holes on each standard

Step 4: Drill the Dowel Rods

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.

drill through dowel rods

Step 5: Secure the Shelf

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