Cornered Into a Shelf

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A neighbor tossed out seven folding wood closet doors, so guess who picked them up...

The doors were already perfectly set up to make a corner shelf. The first step was to make the Triangular wood shelves. I used a sheet of one inch plywood to cut out five triangular shelves. Four shelves and one for the top.

The next step was to decide where to position the shelves. I measured and marked equal distance from top to bottom of the doors. I marked the inside three corners as a way to keep the shelves level. Using 2” finish screws, I started at the top and fastened the three corners. I used a level on each shelf to ensure they were level.

The front shelf edges were not finished, so I found enough pieces of trim to face the four shelves. For the top I decided to use a large dental mold trim also from my leftover pile.

After attaching the trim with 1” trim nails, I used Rustoleum Country Gray to paint it.

Here is the finished project. I decided not to paint the trim to give the piece a color contrast.

This corner shelf piece was an easy project and practically free. So keep your eye out for those treasures lurking on your streets. I now have six more projects to create from one stop.

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  • Laura
    on Feb 14, 2019

    Great idea!

    I'm curious as to why the triangles weren't made slightly smaller, so they didn't protrude...eliminating the need for any trim, esp since it's painted.

  • Joe Jones
    on Feb 14, 2019

    Gary you said you used one inch plywood. That 1/2” plywood. Also what do you mean by finishing screws? Did you use the ones that have a a very small head with Star bit and w cut thread? I’ve never heard of a finishing screw.

  • Lindsey
    on Feb 14, 2019

    how did you fasten shelves to doors? Just screws? Just wondering if a thin shelf would cause wood split... I always end up messing this up.

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  • Anna Sannoh
    on Mar 27, 2019

    Absolutely brilliant! Love it.

  • Jan
    on Dec 15, 2019

    Gary, your piece is fabulous! I have a corner sink in a bathroom that I've never figured out how to shelve. This right here is it - problem solved! Thank you so much for sharing your idea & work - I am so doing this.

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