In 3 hours, I made these two simple book ledges from first cut to installation and you could too.
|I made these shelves with leftover lumber from our coffee table build, which included a 1x4 for the back, a 1x2 for the bottom of the ledge, and a 1x2 for the front of the ledge. I originally saw ledge plans from Ana White's $10 ledges.|
2 - 1x4 @ 28 3/4 inches (already owned, paid $0.40)
4 - 1x2 @ 28 3/4 inches (already owned, paid $1.00)
Miter saw, wood glue, clamps, brad nails, hammer, nail set, wood filler, sander, paint, paint brush, drill with 3/16 bit and Phillips head bit, wood anchors and screws, level, and pen.
|I applied a natural wood filler, sanded the piece smooth, then used Olympic No-VOC semi-gloss (straight from the can, without custom tint) to the ledges.|
|My daughter came home at the perfect time: right after I drilled in the last screw. She excitedly helped me pick out books of the week, including 2 of her library books and a puzzle we made together, and helped me arrange them on her new ledges.|
|I love how we still have access to the electrical outlet, but the ledges are trim enough to not be an obstacle upon entering the room.|