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Day 9 – DIY Plywood shelf

DIY Plywood shelf

Left over plywood is a situation in every construction site, even when you get small pieces of furniture made, there is always some left over ply that is considered waste and dumped in trash. While I need to think of what to make with small bit, slightly big pieces can be put to use immediately. Here is a quick, easy and cost effective way of adding a shelf to your wall with your left over plywood.

What you will need?

  1. Left over 19mm plywood piece
  2. Wood primer
  3. Enamel paint
  4. A 2 inch brush
  5. Metal wall brackets, a pair

How to do it?

  1. If you have odd shaped piece, get your carpenter to cut it onto shelf sized pieces. 3 ft long by 6 to 8 inches wide is a good size for a single shelf to support on 2 brackets. If you want to have a longer shelf, increase the number of brackets to 3 to support the weight of the things that will go on the shelf.
  2. Make sure there are no sharp edges on the plywood. Apply a coat of wood primer to all sides and edges of the plywood. Let it dry for a couple of hours.
  3. Now the piece is ready to be painted in whatever color you want. I used water based enamel in white, coz the things that go on the shelf would be bright colored.
  4. I used a brush to paint 2 coats of paint, with an interval of an hour in between and let it dry for another hour before they were put up.
  5. I am used to doing my own drilling and installing screws, if you are not, you can take the help of a carpenter. I mounted the 2 brackets on the wall, placed the shelf on them and fixed the shelf them to the bracket with screws. DIY Plywood Shelf
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You can used this DIY to make a large size wall mounted table too. Just use bigger brackets and a big size plywood piece. You can easily get a 2 x 4 ft wall mounted table with 3 brackets for support.

2 thoughts on “Day 9 – DIY Plywood shelf”

  1. Vartika
     · 

    Hi

    I want to put up some colorful paintings/photos to the bathroom tiles.
    I live in a rented apartment, so I don’t have the liberty to drill holes on the walls.

    I have found something called as “Command Strips” on Amazon but these are real pricey ones (although the reviews are real good and even internet search gives you hope).

    Can you please suggest what can I use which will hold the frames intact on the walls? I have tried double sided tapes, but these are not reliable.

    Thanks