Asked on May 20, 2018

I would like to make a circular shelf.

WilliamM. M..Emily


I want to make a 3 circular shelves, dimensions of 24” diameter, approximately 3” deep, and 1/2” thick. Measurements are somewhat flexible.
I have explored options and the only thing I can come up with is to use flexible plywood. These are decorative shelves for wall decor.
Any other ideas would be appreciate.
thank you

5 answers
  • Johnavallance82
    on May 20, 2018

    Cut out the shape and size of shelves in the form of a template. I take it you are looking for Flat backed elongated oval shelves? These could be trimmed with thin MDF to the front (Jali make many trims that may be suitable.
    • Mary
      on May 21, 2018

      Not really. Think of it like this. If I took a barrel or tube that was 24” in diameter (height doesn’t matter as long as it’s at least 12” tall), and cut 3” slices off of it, I’d have what I needed. Hopefully it would be 1/2” thick. I could then put boards across the diameter to hold knick knacks. It’s hard to explain.
      I’ve found barrels and tubes, but they are cost prohibitive.
  • Emily
    on May 20, 2018

    You want two things that are mutually exclusive. You want circles that are 24"in diameter but only 3" deep? So what you want is a 24" circle that has had 3" cut off the edge? That means your three inch shelf will go from nothing to 3 inches in the middle. I am not a good enough mathematician to tell you how long such a shelf would be. . . but it would be pretty short. Why not make shelves 24" long, by 3" deep and round off the ends?
    • Mary
      on May 21, 2018

      Yes! I just need to find flexible enough materia. The DPI board used in your first link isn’t very thick, but it would work.
      Using embroidery hoops would also work, (2nd link) but is cost prohibitive, they are quite expensive.
      I have searched for barrels or tubes but what I did find was also expensive.

      Many thanks.
  • M. M..
    M. M..
    on May 21, 2018

    Many hardware stores sell precut wooden circles, I think they're intended for small table tops, usually 24-36" dia. Then you could attach a thin strip of wood veneer to the exposed edge of the plywood.. it can be glued and clamped on. If you don't have clamps, then wrapping it with soft cord or taping it with removable tape every inch would hold it smoothly.
  • William
    on May 21, 2018

    I know it a hardboard. Comes in 1/8" and 1/4". What you could do is use the hardboard (dpi) and make your circle. Then laminate more hardboard around the first one with wood glue. Two or three layers would get your thickness. I have laminated thin strips of wood when ever I did a project that had bent wood in it.
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