I love getting my kids involved in DIY projects. My son was complaining that I needed to make something for him. I asked him what he wanted, and he said he wanted a shelf that looked like a tree. He has a small room, and there was very little room left on his walls. So, I decided to make him a small tree shelf right above his reading chair in the corner of his room.
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- 1- 1×8
- 1 1×4
- 1- 1×2
- 1 1/4 Pocket Hole Screw (Kreg SML-C125-100 1-1/4-Inch 8-Coarse Washer-Head Pocket Screws, 100-Count)
- 2 1/2 in Screws to attach shelf to stud (Kreg SML-C250-50 2-1/2-Inch #8 Coarse Washer-Head Pocket Screws, 50 Count)
- Pocket Hole Plugs (Kreg P-PNT Paint Grade Plugs – 50 count)
- Brad Nails (Optional)
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig (Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System)
- 1 @ 35.75 in
- 6 @ 7.50 in
- 6 @ 5.25 in
- 2 @3.25
- 6 @ 7.25
- 2 @ 6.75 in
- 6 @ 4.5 in
- 2 @ 2.5 in
Step 1: Attach bottom arms (2- 1×8 @ 7.5 in) to center piece (1×8 @ 35.75 in) using pocket hole screws. See illustration below.
Step 8: Attach second branches to bottom arms using pocket hole screws and brad nails. The second branches are made by adding bottom pieces (2- 1×8 @5.25), end pieces (2- 1×4 @ 7.25), and support pieces (1- 1×2 @4.5). See steps 1-3 for instructions and illustration below for spacing.
Step 9: Attach second branches to middle arms using pocket hole screws and brad nails. The second branches are made by adding bottom pieces (2- 1×8 @5.25) end pieces (2- 1×4 @ 7.25) and support pieces (1- 1×2 @4.5). See steps 1-3 for instructions and illustration below for spacing.
Step 10: Fill pocket holes with pocket hole plugs.
Step 11: Sand.
Step 12: Paint. I chose a two color paint scheme with blue and gray.
Step 13: Attach to wall through the 1×2 support pieces. Use 2 1/2 inch screws and make sure the shelf is attached to studs.
My son decided to use the shelf for all the chapter books he has read. He started at the top with the first book and then added more books as he read. Now the shelf is full, and I guess that means I have to build him a bigger shelf.
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