In Bedroom, DIY Home Accents, Wall Shelves/Storage
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I love scrap wood projects.  They are essentially free, and I enjoy the creative process of trying to figure out how to use leftover material in a new way.  For this project, I started with a pile of 1×4 cut offs left over from the master bedframe.  Our master bedroom wall was bare, and I really wanted to add something over our bed.  So, I decided to make a display shelf for candles.

Supply List:

  • 4- 1x4x8
  • 1-1/4 in screws
  • 1-14 in brad nails
  • Stain
  • Polyurethane
  • Candles (optional)


Cut List:

  • 4 @ 21 in
  • 1 @ 19 in
  • 3 @ 18 in
  • 2 @ 17 in
  • 3 @ 14 in
  • 3 @ 10 in
  • 13 @ 7 in

Tools Needed:

  • Saw
  • Kreg Jig
  • Drill
  • Nail Gun

Project Plan:

Step One:  Begin the shelf frame by building the first section (See illustration below).  There are some options in how to attach the pieces of the frame together.  I started by using brad nails, but the nails were not strong enough to hold the whole shelf together.  I then added some screws (Pocket hole and countersink) to make the shelf stronger.  If I were to make it over again, I would use pocket hole screws on all the top pieces and a mixture of pocket holes, countersink screws, and brad nails on all the middle and bottom pieces.

Step Two:  Add the second section to the shelf.

Step Three: Add the third section to the shelf.

Step Four: Add the fourth section to the shelf.

Step Five: Add the fifth section to the shelf.

Step Six:  Attach the back pieces to the shelf.

Step Seven:  Sand.

Step Eight:  Paint or stain.  I used a Kona stain with a matte polyurethane finish.

Step Nine:  Attach shelf to wall.  Make sure to secure shelf to wall studs.

I added some LED candles and a few other candles we had laying around the house to decorate the shelf.  Other decorations, such as small pictures or small knick knacks would fit in the shelf as well.   The candle shelf adds a lot of character to the room, and I love that it was a scrap wood project.

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  • Wendy Johnson

    Although I have been buying some tools I have no idea what you are talking about but your shelf is beautiful.

    • Erik

      I’m glad you like the shelf. After I read your comment I started thinking it might be a good idea to write a post some time in the next few weeks that explains the basics for those unfamiliar with the terms or techniques that I mention in my projects. In the meantime, feel free to ask me any questions. I would be happy to help.

  • Brian D

    I’ve been looking for a place to put my wife’s Lladro figurines and a few other things that would not be a tempting place for the cat to jump up and walk around and knock them down. This would look very nice above our piano. I believe I’ll be dragging the table saw out one more time. Very contemporary and well laid out instructions. Thanks.

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