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Create a Gallery Wall

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Create a Gallery Wall

Simple-to-assemble shelving creates a focus wall suitable for all décor styles. Align black and white photographs in a grid or go multi-coloured and free-form.

12 Steps

  1. RIP DEPTH OF SHELF
  2. CUT SHELF TOP AND BOTTOM
  3. RIP INSIDE SHELF PIECE
  4. CREATE CLEAT
  5. ASSEMBLE THE SHELF
  1. CUT TRIM MOULDING
  2. ROUT PICTURE GROOVE
  3. FINISHING
  4. PAINT
  5. FIND STUDS
  6. SCREW CLEAT
  7. ATTACH SHELF TO WALL
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Step 1

RIP DEPTH OF SHELF

From a G1S sheet of 2' x 4' plywood , rip a 3-3/8" strip to create the depth of the shelf.

Depth of our shelf was 4", including moulding.

Step 2

CUT SHELF TOP AND BOTTOM

From the 3-3/8" strip of plywood and using a mitre saw, cut the top and bottom of the shelf. Make sure that they are the same size. Ours was 47-1/2".

Step 3

RIP INSIDE SHELF PIECE

Rip the inside of the shelf to size.

This size is determined by taking the overall desired thickness of the shelf, minus the thickness of the top and bottom. (1-3/8") The overall thickness of the shelf is determined by the thickness of the moulding you choose.

On the mitre saw, cut the pieces to the width and depth of the shelf. Ours was 47-1/2"W with a depth of 3-3/8" (before moulding)

Step 4

CREATE CLEAT

To create the hanging cleat, rip a piece of solid pine so that it's a little thinner than the inside thickness.

ASSEMBLE THE SHELF

Step 5

ASSEMBLE THE SHELF

To assemble the shelf, glue and nail, sandwiching the inner parts of the shelf between the top and bottom pieces.

CUT TRIM MOULDING

Step 6

CUT TRIM MOULDING

Using a mitre saw, cut corners on a 45o angle. Now attach the moulding so that it covers the front and sides of the shelf. Using Lepage Carpenter's Glue, glue and pin-nail.

ROUT PICTURE GROOVE

Step 7

ROUT PICTURE GROOVE

Using a router and a 1/4" shank round flute bit, make a groove in the top of the shelf. The groove will be 1" in from the front of the shelf. To do this, you will need to screw on a straight piece of wood as a guide. To determine where to screw the guide, start from the front of the shelf and come in 1" then add the router bit size, then add the distance that the router bit sits from the edge of the router. Then screw your guide. The holes that you make in the top of the shelf can be countersunk and used to screw the shelf to the wall.

Step 8

FINISHING

Fill all nail holes and sand smooth.

PAINT

Step 9

PAINT

Prime the shelf and let dry.

We painted our shelf with high gloss latex. Note that a foam roller works best with high gloss paints since it eliminates brush marks.

FIND STUDS

Step 10

FIND STUDS

Using a stud finder, mark studs on wall at proposed shelf height.

SCREW CLEAT

Step 11

SCREW CLEAT

Screw cleat to wall using 8 x 3 #2 wood screws (3 per shelf).

ATTACH SHELF TO WALL

Step 12

ATTACH SHELF TO WALL

Screw shelf to cleat by screwing through the countersunk holes using 8 x 1-3/4" wood screws (3 per shelf).

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Project Details

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

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