How to Build Open Shelving With a Stained-Glass Accent
Build open shelving with a stained-glass accent to open up the kitchen space while adding a decorative element.
Measure out the desired width of the shelves. This will also be the same measurement for your ledger.
Transfer the measurements to either five quarter board or MDF.
Make cuts using a chop saw.
Rip down the five quarter board or MDF to 2 inches using a table saw; this will be the thickness of all your stock.
Measure and cut all stock pieces to size to create the ledger, down supports and 45-degree angle braces.
Angle the bottom edges on all of the down supports to give it a finished look, which is known as a chamfered edge.
Make a 45-degree cut on each end of all of the angle braces.
Measure 4 inches from the outside edge of the ledger to determine where the down supports will be attached.
Attach the down supports to the ledger using a pocket jig.
After all the supports and ledgers are assembled, measure and cut out each shelving unit that corresponds with the assembled support.
To determine the height of the shelves, measure and mark out the height of the backsplash, which is always 18 1/2 inches up from the top of the countertops. Allow 10 to 12 inches in between the upper and lower shelving unit.
Make sure your ledger is level and draw a faint line to mark out exactly where it is getting mounted. Use 2 1/2-inch trim screws to secure the ledger.
Attach the shelves by screwing down through the top of the shelving unit into the ledger.
Make sure the shelf is level, and attach the 45-degree angle braces.
Once the first shelving unit is complete, repeat these steps for the remaining shelves.