Cut List for Each Shelf Unit

PIECE A (1)  3/4” plywood back plate – 4’3-1/2” x 8-1/2”

PIECE B (12) 3/4” shelf plates – 8-1/2” x 8”

PIECE C (12) 1/4” side shelf lathe strips – 8” x 1-1/2”

PIECE D (6) 1/4” front shelf lathe strips – 9” x 1-1/2”

PIECE E (2) 1/4” vertical plate lathe strips – 4’3-1/2” x 3/4”

PIECE F - optional corner (1) 3/4” plywood side plate – 4’3-1/2” x 8”

PIECE G - optional corner (1) 3/4” plywood side plate – 4’3-1/2” x 8-3/4”

PIECE H - optional corner (12) 3/4” plywood shelf plates – 8” x 8”

PIECE I - optional corner (6) 1/4” front lathe strips – 8-1/4” x 1-1/2”

PIECE J - optional mounting (6) 3/4” plywood French cleat – 6” x 2” with back miter

Step 1

Cut Shelf Assembly Pieces

Cut out all Pieces A through E.     

Step 2

Determine Shelf Layout

On Piece A, mark the shelf layout with spacing at 8-1/2” as  shown above. 

Step 3

Make Shelves Double Thick

Glue and nail Pieces B together in groups of two making making six double-thick assemblies.

Step 4

Attach Shelves onto Vertical Piece

Glue and screw the six Piece B assemblies onto Piece A on your reference marks. Ensure all the edges are flush.

Step 5

Cut Trim Pieces

Rip all lathe strips, Pieces C, D and E, out of a 2x4. Or purchase the strips pre-cut to size.  

Step 6

Attach Side Trim Pieces

Glue and nail all Piece C’s and E’s onto sides of the shelves and back plates.

Step 7

Smooth Edges

Sand the ends of the Piece C’s to ensure they are flush with front of shelves. The front trim piece will cover the edges of the side pieces.

Step 8

Attach Front Trim

Glue and nail all Piece D’s onto the front of the shelves.

Step 9

Sand and Finish

Use wood filler to patch nail holes or gaps. When it's dry, sand the corners smooth to prep for paint. Then paint or stain as desired. 

Step 10

Cut and Install Cleats to Shelf

Cut all Piece J’s. Screw one Piece J on the back of each shelf assembly with the miter cut facing down and towards the shelf.  The other cleat will be mounted on the wall with the opposite configuration.  It may be helpful to put a spacer block on the bottom of the unit if needed.

Step 11

Corner Shelves

If you're building corner units, cut out Pieces F through I and assemble in same fashion as regular shelf, except you will begin with attaching Piece F to Piece G.