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.

Click HERE to download the technical drawing for this project.

To see the video version of this guide on our sister site, Woodworking Masterclasses, click here.

For this project you will need:

Arch PDF:

Cutting List

DescriptionImperial SizeMetric
Top and Bottom16″ x 4 ½” x ¾”406mm x 114mm x 19mm
Sides x 222″ x 3 ¾” X ¾”558mm x 95mm x 19mm
Middle Shelf13 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

*Leave these slightly long as we cut these to exact length later in the project


  1. Jim Allen on 22 December 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Izzy,
    I was just checking this out and didn’t find dimensions for the pieces of the shelf project. Did I miss that someplace?
    Thanks –Jim

    • Jim Thornton on 22 December 2018 at 4:30 pm

      If you click this link to the Woodworking Master Class site you can download the plan:

      The first video of the build is also over there.


    • Izzy Berger on 28 December 2018 at 11:47 am

      Hi Jim,

      Thanks for pointing this out, I have now added the cutting list!

      Kind Regards,

      • Jim Thornton on 31 December 2018 at 2:50 am

        Hi Izzy,

        Speaking of cutting list. The dimension for the middle shelf is 13 1/2″ not 13 3/8″ as shown. The pdf for the plans shows the correct 13 1/2″. Don’t ask me how I know about this! LOL All is well now, with a 1/16″ shim on each end of my middle shelf.

        I’m a lifetime woodworker (machines), but I’m really enjoying moving over to the hand tool side of things.


  2. Colin Edmondson on 7 January 2019 at 6:22 pm

    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.

  3. Michael Bode on 10 January 2019 at 4:20 pm

    This helps a lot. I can print the steps, after watching the video and don’t waste time rewinding my phone to the proper part.

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