Corbel Peg Rail Shelf

3 Materials
2 Hours

I have been seeing beautiful peg rails all over IG and decided to add my own spin on one by adding a corbel shelf!

I love how it turned out and want them all over the house now. Lol.


Here are the instructions for the peg rail shelf. My photos may vary a bit from the instructions since my project was slightly different. I accidentally bought a 1x3 and I’m impatient.

So we made the rail and then added another 1x3 and the shelf.

Check out a quick video of the shelf and the final project

Items needed:

  • 1 x 6 8 ft common pine
  • 1 x 4 8 for common pine (I accidentally bought a 1 x 3 so now I have 2- 1 x 3's under the shelf)
  • 1" dowel rod 6 ft
  • Corbels (I found a 2 pack for $25 HERE)
  • Miter saw
  • Sand paper / pad 120 grt
  • Nail gun
  • Wood glue
  • Caulk
  • Paint and paint brush
  • Drill and 1" paddle bit
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure


  • Dowel rod, 17- 4" pieces for pegs
  • 1 x 4- 7'
  • 1 x 6- 7' 3"


Cut 17 pegs 4" in length. This should give you a spacing of 5" apart.

First, you need to mark your board and use the paddle bit to make your peg holes.

Take your 1 x 4 and mark the center of the board at 42". I went 1 1/2" from the top. Using your pencil mark at 42" and 1 1/2" down and then go left and right of center marking 5" apart. You should end up with 17 marks.

Use your paddle bit and drill your peg holes.

You will now need to lightly sand your pegs and peg holes.

Using your wood glue add your pegs to each hole (we ended up not using glue for this because the fit was tight and the paint helped hold them in place).


Go ahead and paint everything before you start putting it together. Or you can do it after it's hung, BUT I'm super messy and this would be a disaster for me 😭!


You can either attach your shelf to the peg rail now or hang your rail and attach the shelf to it while hanging (I honestly think it’s easier to hang the rail first).

Mark the center of your 1 x 6 and the center of your rail.

Using your nail gun attach the shelf to the rail.


We used the nail gun and hung the peg rail shelf and then added the corbels to each side and nailed them in place.

I then used my white caulk and caulked any gaps and then touched up my paint.

There you go! You now have a beautiful corbel peg rail shelf for less than $40.

BTW... Ignore my daughter making a Tik Tok as I try to take shelf pics 🤣🤣

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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