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Build an LED Light Shelf

Project Overview

Build an LED Light Shelf

A super-long shelf packs its own minimalist drama, but build it with hidden LED lighting and you create an even more brilliant style statement - literally!

8 Steps

  1. RIPPING
  2. CUT CLEAT
  3. JOIN TOP AND FRONT
  4. FILL HOLES AND GAPS
  5. FINISHING
  1. ATTACH LIGHTS
  2. INSTALL CLEAT
  3. ATTACH SHELF TO CLEAT
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RIPPING

Step 1

RIPPING

Rip the MDF to create the depth (top) and thickness (front) of the shelf, 4" and 2" respectively.

Step 2

CUT CLEAT

Cut cleat. Rip solid pine to 1-1/4". This will be attached to the wall to screw the shelf to.

JOIN TOP AND FRONT

Step 3

JOIN TOP AND FRONT

Using glue and 1-1/4" #8 screws, attach the front of the shelf to the shelf top. Countersink the screws and make sure front edge is flush.

FILL HOLES AND GAPS

Step 4

FILL HOLES AND GAPS

Fill any gaps in the front edge and the screw holes.

FINISHING

Step 5

FINISHING

Sand, prime and paint. We painted the underside of the shelf white to reflect the LED lights.

ATTACH LIGHTS

Step 6

ATTACH LIGHTS

Using the accessories that come with the lights, attach LED Rope lights to the underside of the shelf, close to the front so that it hides the rope light.

INSTALL CLEAT

Step 7

INSTALL CLEAT

Find studs, then screw the cleat into studs to hold it firm. Be sure to use a level.

ATTACH SHELF TO CLEAT

Step 8

ATTACH SHELF TO CLEAT

Using 8 x 1-3/4" #2 wood screws, screw shelf to cleats. Be sure to countersink the screw holes.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 6 hours

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