First blog project! A cardboard shelf. Well, the real project will be a wooden shelf, but I made a quick cardboard prototype. This will be a shelf to go below a wall mount flat screen tv to hold a dvd player, pictures, or anything else for display. Right now that stuff sits on top of a low chest (aka a dresser) and the wires handing down look pretty sloppy.
This prototype was not for the benefit of readers, it was for me. Why bother? Well, this is an “original” design and I wanted to see how it would fit for my application. Drawings alone are just not enough (see my “history” page). If I’m not copying dimensions from a completed piece, I always mock something up because it makes a good outcome more likely. Point in case, I originally was going to make it 4 inches wider and 2 inches deeper, but I made that model and realized that it was way too big for a shelf.
This shelf will be 24in long, 12in deep, and made of 3 pieces of wood. The top and 2 supports below it. All 3 pieces will be about 1in thick and will be cut from one 36in long board (see the pic below). I plan to mount it to the wall with brackets from woodcraft. I think they were called keyhole brackets. Here are all the supplies needed for this simple project.
Notice the brackets and drywall anchors. That’s it. This would be a quick project for anyone except me. 🙂 There are only 3 boards to prep and 2 joints to cut. Here we go!