Build an LED Light Shelf
Rip the MDF to create the depth (top) and thickness (front) of the shelf, 4" and 2" respectively.
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
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.
Sand, prime and paint. We painted the underside of the shelf white to reflect the LED 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.
Find studs, then screw the cleat into studs to hold it firm. Be sure to use a level.
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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Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 6 hours
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- One 12' Length of LED Rope Lights
- 5/8" x 12" x 8' MDF Shelf
- 1" x 2" x 8' Pine
- Small Boxes of 3", 1-3/4" and 1-1/4" #8 Wood Screws
- 171g Elmer's Carpenter's Wood Filler, Extra Strength, Interior/Exterior
- 400mL LePage Carpenter's Glue
- 1L Primer-sealer
- 1L Black Gloss Paint
- 1 Sheet 220-Grit Sandpaper