How to Make a Hanging Wall Shelf

This hanging wall shelf is a great starter project which will teach you the importance of accuracy. The joinery has a twist on the classic joints which include the stopped housing dado and the stub mortise and tenon. Whether you choose to use it as a spice rack for the kitchen, a trophy display for the living room or even a cosmetics storage for the bathroom, this project is a great addition to any home.

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For this project you will need:

Tape measure
Tenon Saw

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Cutting List

Description Imperial Size Metric
Top and Bottom 16″ x 4 ½” x ¾” 406mm x 114mm x 19mm
Sides x 2 22″ x 3 ¾” X ¾” 558mm x 95mm x 19mm
Middle Shelf 13 ½” x 3 ¾”” x ¾” 340mm x 95mm x 19mm
Top Rail 13 ½” x 2″ x ¾” 343mm x 51mm x 19mm
Middle Arch Rail 15 ½” x 2″ x ¾” 394mm x 51mm x 19mm
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6 comments on “How to Make a Hanging Wall Shelf

  1. Maybe I should wait for part 3 to see how this goes together before I comment… but something that troubles me about this design ever since I saw the bookcase version in Paul’s “Working Wood 1&2” book (which I highly recommend by the way) is that as a wall-mount, the joint on the bottom shelf will be stressed by any weight placed upon it.
    Somewhere in the depths of my memory I recall being told that a good design has any forces upon it either lateral to the joint or such that they would push it together. I’m no engineer so I probably haven’t expressed that particularly well – sorry!
    In it’s original form as a bookcase designed to sit on the floor or upon another piece of furniture I think that those principles would apply and there would be no stress on that bottom shelf joint…but here I’m not so sure.

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