Build a Simple Shelf Bracket for Any Space From Scrap Wood!


Instead of buying those ugly metal shelf brackets, use your scrap wood you've been hoarding to build your own in an hour or so! They are so easy, basically free, and the end result is gorgeous!
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These measurements are for brackets to support a 1" by 12" shelf board on top of them. For four brackets you'll need 8-9" pieces of wood. I used 1" by 2" scraps that I had in my garage.
build a simple shelf bracket for any space from scrap wood, how to, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas, storage ideas, woodworking projects
Then you'll need 4- 8" pieces with the ends cut at 45 degrees in opposite directions. Your end piece will look like a trapezoid.
build a simple shelf bracket for any space from scrap wood, how to, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas, storage ideas, woodworking projects
For a decorative touch, I trimmed off the end of 4 of the 9" pieces at 25 degrees.
build a simple shelf bracket for any space from scrap wood, how to, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas, storage ideas, woodworking projects
In the other 4- 9" pieces, I used a Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes to attach the bottom piece.
build a simple shelf bracket for any space from scrap wood, how to, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas, storage ideas, woodworking projects
Spread glue on the ends and attach using the pocket holes to make a right angle.
build a simple shelf bracket for any space from scrap wood, how to, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas, storage ideas, woodworking projects
Now, spread glue on the angled ends of the 8" pieces.
build a simple shelf bracket for any space from scrap wood, how to, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas, storage ideas, woodworking projects
Place them in the center of the right angle.
build a simple shelf bracket for any space from scrap wood, how to, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas, storage ideas, woodworking projects
Drill a pilot hole where you will be putting the screw so your wood will not split.
build a simple shelf bracket for any space from scrap wood, how to, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas, storage ideas, woodworking projects
Now secure with a 1 1/2" screw.
build a simple shelf bracket for any space from scrap wood, how to, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas, storage ideas, woodworking projects
You now have a finished bracket to paint or stain if you like.
build a simple shelf bracket for any space from scrap wood, how to, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas, storage ideas, woodworking projects
Attach to the studs in the wall or use heavy duty anchors.
build a simple shelf bracket for any space from scrap wood, how to, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas, storage ideas, woodworking projects
A simple and lovely alternative to those metal brackets.
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2 questions
  • Laura Owen
    on Nov 10, 2018

    how did you screw in the screw that's inside the bracket?


    • Sandra Allen
      on Nov 10, 2018

      No speaking for her, there are drivers with pivot (swivel) options to get into tight places like this.

  • Laura Owen
    on Nov 10, 2018

    how did you screw in the screw that's inside the bracket?

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