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Video:Build a Decorative Shelf

with Steve Crider

Looking for a way to use up your leftover wood? Watch how to make a simple but decorative shelf, perfect for holding pictures or knickknacks.See Transcript

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Transcript:Build a Decorative Shelf

Hi, I'm Steve Crider for About.com Home. You know, it seems like whatever project you do around the house, there are always a lot of leftovers.

Today I'm going to show you a creative way to make use of some of those materials. So I'm going to show you how to make a surprisingly simple but very decorative shelf.

Supplies Needed to Build a Shelf

For this project, you will need:
  • 5 pieces of wood (top, bottom, and sides)
  • wood glue
  • nails
  • sandpaper
  • paint (for finishing)

Cut the Top Part of the Shelf

First, we'll cut the top to size, and we'll mark it for length. The old standard applies: measure twice, cut once.

Shelf length varies per project. Standard shelves measure from 12 inches to 4 feet in length. Our shelf was cut to 30.5 inches to allow plenty of room for pictures and knickknacks.

Add a Decorative Edge to the Shelf

Next, we'll put a nice decorative edge on the board with our router. Sand the wood for a smooth finish.

I have this piece of crown molding loaded in the saw. Just remember, when you cut yours, allow for the top to overhang the bottom.

Glue and Pin the Crown Miters

Now that we have all of the pieces cut, assembly is pretty straightforward.

First, we are going to glue and pin our crown miters together. As I nail on the base, I'm using what's called a pin nailer. What's great about this is that it uses nails that are so small, they're almost invisible.

Assemble and Paint the Shelf

After we put a little glue on the bottom, we'll center it up on the top. Finally, we'll attach the pieces together with the pin nailer, and we are almost there.

And after a quick trip to Steve's About.com paint shop this becomes this!

If you don't have all of the tools we used today, what are you waiting on? The one with the most tools wins. That's my motto.

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