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

by OnBlissStreet
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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!
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.
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.
For a decorative touch, I trimmed off the end of 4 of the 9" pieces at 25 degrees.
In the other 4- 9" pieces, I used a Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes to attach the bottom piece.
Spread glue on the ends and attach using the pocket holes to make a right angle.
Now, spread glue on the angled ends of the 8" pieces.
Place them in the center of the right angle.
Drill a pilot hole where you will be putting the screw so your wood will not split.
Now secure with a 1 1/2" screw.
You now have a finished bracket to paint or stain if you like.
Attach to the studs in the wall or use heavy duty anchors.
A simple and lovely alternative to those metal brackets.
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Laura Owen Laura Owen on Nov 10, 2018

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

  • Laura Owen Laura Owen on Nov 10, 2018

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

  • Vina mofidi Vina mofidi on Aug 04, 2020

    Hi I love the idea and am going to get started on these but I’m curious do you know how I can calculate the load bearing on these brackets? Thanks much


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  • Joanie Joanie on Nov 18, 2018

    They are adorable. A little work and what a nice improvement.

  • Lynne Lynne on Feb 26, 2020

    awesome job!! i wanted to buy some of these type brackets, but they seem easy to build. the only thing i don't have is the kreg