How to Build a Simple Wall Shelf

Learn how to build a simple wall shelf with this full tutorial, video and plans. This modern DIY display shelf is the perfect beginner woodworking project. Make it using the easy Kreg 320! 

A DIY Modern Wall Shelf on the wall with decor and text overlay

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I know you guys love quick projects that are also a lot of fun.

This wall shelf is really easy and simple to build but is not that that simple to look at.

It uses only 3 boards… well only about 2 and a half but you can’t really buy half-boards…

Or you could make it out of scrap wood if you have the boards in your scrap woodpile.

And you only need 3 tools!

bottom view of the easy DIY modern wall shelf

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Like I mentioned, to build this shelf, all you need are 3 tools.

One of them is the all-new Kreg 320!

All About the Kreg 320

You know I am a fan of Kreg Pocket Hole systems. Pocket holes make it super easy to create strong joints. 

The Kreg 320 is the perfect entry level jig coming in at $40! It is super easy to use and very versatile.

The Kreg 320 in a box - Full review

Features of the Kreg 320

Kreg has really put a lot of thought behind this Jig to make it as user and beginner friendly as possible.

  • Material Thickness gauge/hex – it helps you measure thickness of boards ranging from 1/2″ to 1-1/2″. It is also a hex wrench to help adjust the collar of the drill bit
Kreg 320 material thickness gauge on edge of the board
  • Drill bit with material thickness settings – The Drill bit is marked with the common material thicknesses and the collar can be easily adjusted for the required thickness.
close up of drill bit with Kreg 320 showing material thickness markings
  • Thickness stoppers on the Jig – It is easy to adjust the jig for the material thickness used.
  • Clamp adapter – Easy to use clamp adapter that works with any brand of clamps. But I love using mine with my Kreg Face Clamps.
Drilling pocket holes using the Kreg 320
  • Variable pocket hole spacing – the BEST thing about this jig. The drill guides and the spacers can be easily put together in various configurations to give you the spacing you need for your project.
Taking apart the Kreg 320 for the variable pocket hole spacing

See more in my video below!

Simple DIY Display Shelf

Materials Needed to Build the DIY Shelf

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How to Build a DIY Shelf

Watch the full video to see how I built the shelf. Get the printable plans below along with the step by step instructions.

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Printable Plans for DIY Shelf

As always I have the printable plans for this simple and modern DIY shelf. You can get them delivered straight to your email. Click below!

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Tutorial to Build a Modern Shelf

Step 1: Prep Lumber

  • Make all the cuts per the plans.
  • Sand down all the boards.
  • Make pocket holes using a Kreg jig and the drill guide at the 3/4″ setting.

Step 2: Build Large Square Shelves.

  • Attach the parts of the large square shelves to the center boards and build the squares. Be sure to use a speed square to make sure everything remains square as you attach.
attaching boards to make a simple wall shelf

Step 3: Add Small Square Shelves

  • Attach the 1×4 boards to the shelf to make the small square shelves using the pocket hole screws and wood glue.
Attaching smaller shelves to the modern DIY shelf

Step 4: Finish

  • Finish it with stain or paint as you like.
  • I stained it with this gel stain and then for fun added a few coats of colorful acrylic paint.
close up of diy somple wall shelf

That is it!

A simple and fun wall shelf.

As soon as my daughter saw it, she asked it she could have it in her room.

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Easy DIY Wall shelf for beginners

Remember you can get the printable plans for this cute little set by clicking below.

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If you build it, I would love to see it! Feel free to email photos to me at anika@anikasdiylife.com or tag me on Instagram @anikasdiylife for a chance to be featured on social media! I can’t wait to see what you build!

How To Build A Simple Wall Shelf

How To Build A Simple Wall Shelf

Yield: 1 Simple Wall Shelf
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $25

How to build a simple wall shelf. This modern DIY display shelf is the perfect beginner woodworking project. Make it using the easy Kreg 320!

Instructions

    1. Make all the cuts per the plans.
    2. Sand down all the boards.
    3. Make pocket holes using a Kreg jig and the drill guide at the 3/4" setting.
    4. Attach the parts of the large square shelves to the center boards and build the squares. Be sure to use a speed square to make sure everything remains square as you attach.
    5. Attach the 1x4 boards to the shelf to make the small square shelves using the pocket hole screws and wood glue.
    6. Finish it with stain or paint as you like and you're done!

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6 Comments

  1. Linda L Weeks says:

    Love this design! and besides the list of parts needed, are those metal connectors “Simpson Strong Ties right angle connectors”? I think that’s what they are…? I have some that I bought at a yard sale! Talk about a multitude of uses and applications! Thank you for the posting!

  2. Linda L Weeks says:

    P.S. I know they aren’t supporting any weight, but it’s surprising how many ways they can be used, and that pop of color is perfect!

  3. Linda L Weeks says:

    ..or is it only paint?

    1. Hi Linda, that is just paint 🙂
      But would be cool with the connectors too!

  4. Neat plans. I’ve enjoyed watching your youtube channel but didn’t know you had a blog too. Love it!

    1. Thank you so much Marti! Welcome to the blog 🙂

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