Floating Shelves for Wooden Letters
In the last home we lived in, I put some pretty letters up on the wall that my mom had painted for my daughters. I used sticky Velcro to hang up the names of my 2 daughters (now 3). I decided when we moved into our new home, I wanted shelves to display the letters. With a shelf I didn’t have to worry about making sure every letter was even; it would just make life a little easier. I once again commissioned my husband to make some shelves. I quoted how long and deep I wanted the shelves, and he got to work. Here he is to tell you how he made these floating shelves.
I ripped three shelves out of one 2×12. Each shelf being three and a half inches wide. I then cut each shelf to the desired length.
I used a straight router bit to cut a groove into the face of the board known as a “dado”. This groove is where the letters will sit.
I then routed a decorative edge onto each board with a roman ogee bit.
Each board was sanded and painted. We attached each shelf to the wall using two 3″ screws. A pilot hole was first drilled at a 45 degree angle on the underside of the shelf.
After the pilot holes were drilled a countersink hole was drilled about 1/2 inch into the hole so as to hide the screw.
The shelves were then leveled and attached to the wall. I’ll turn it back over to my wife now.
It’s me again. Now that the shelves were attached to the wall I went to work putting the letters up and making a gallery corner in my kiddos’ room.
It’s so nice to just rest the letters on these shelves!
Here’s a profile view of the shelf now that it’s painted:
I thought I should say here that I didn’t reach my goal of getting my daughters’ bedroom finished by Christmas. I’m mostly finished, just a few more projects to complete. 😉
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