Step 5: Determine the Shelf Size

measuring tongue-in-groove flooring to use as recessed shelving
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Fit together two tongue-and-groove floorboards. Measure and mark the width of the shelf bracket (12 inches) on the backs. The shelf should be shorter than the table top to give it a recessed look.
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    Tools List

    • cat's paw pry bar
      Cat's paw pry bar
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • Pencil
    • adjustable clamp
      Clamps
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • circular saw
      Circular saw

    Shopping List

    Small salvaged door

    Prefab steel legs;
    Rustic Living on Etsy

    Tongue-and-groove floorboards
    for the shelf

    ¾-inch wood screws

    ½-inch wood screws

    Wax-based wood conditioner