Build It | Entryway Wall Shelf
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a wall shelf for an entryway using stock poplar from a home center
- Mark desired lengths for the poplar and cut on a miter saw.
- Rip desired widths on the table saw.
- Rip the plywood to size on the table saw.
- Use a router with a rabbeting bit to cut rabbets on the pieces for the sides and the top for the plywood.
- Square off the rounded corner from the router with a chisel.
- To set the radius on the bottom of the sides, trace a round object like a plastic bucket or paint can and then cut the radius with a jigsaw.
- Use the roundover bit in the router to smooth the leading edges.
- For the top edge, drop the roundover bit lower to create a shadow line.
- Pre-drill holes for the dividers in the top and bottom.
- Glue each joint using wood glue, then screw the pieces together using trim head screws.
- Mark the location of the dividers on the back. Add glue, then secure the back with 1” nails.
- Sand the piece.
- Prime all surfaces.
- Fill the screw holes with wood filler.
- Apply a top coat of paint in desired color.
Tom built the shelf out of 1x4 and 1x10 poplar plus ¼" plywood. He used trim head screws and wood glue to secure everything, then finally attached coat hooks. All items used for this project can be found in a home center.