The Space Between
The Space Between
  • Hometalker
  • Key West, FL
Asked on Jun 28, 2012

I want to make my own floating shelves out of wood. I'd love to hear some tips ... pretty please. :)

KMS WoodworksThe Space Between3po3
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  • 3po3
    on Jun 29, 2012

    The Family Handyman is a great magazine for projects like this, and they have a nice tutorial on building floating shelves here: http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Home-Organization/Bookshelves/how-to-build-floating-shelves/View-All Good luck

  • The Space Between
    on Jun 29, 2012

    Thank you so much Steve! Great article. :)

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jun 30, 2012

    Those shelves use what is called a "torsion box" design. A hollow core door is not really designed for these type of loads. Most the floating shelf designs I have seen in my 30 years of wood working, are a bit more robust. The skin of a hollow core door is only 1/8 to 3/16" thick luan. For me I would built from scratch using 1/4" ply with fill blocking. This could be done in "paint grade" or "stain grade" depending on you style needs.

  • The Space Between
    on Jun 30, 2012

    Thank you KMS Woodworks - I actually have 3/4 inch plywood scraps I was going to try to use, how wide (out from the wall) do you think I can build them using a 1 inch 'cleat' screwed into the wall and still be secure? I was thinking 10 inches ... the shelf will be 5 feet long.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jun 30, 2012

    With a torsion box design, ply on top and bottom and fill block sides, glued and screwed shelf...set with screws to the cleat. I have seen these out to 16 or so...the deeper the cleat is inside the torsion box the more strength. Without a torsion box 10" is about the limit. Keep in mind that the cleat needs to be set firmly to the studs.

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