Corner Shelf – Project

This is a corner shelf I made over a year ago for my two older boys who share a room. They currently have a Wal-Mart shelf in there and it is leaning severely, shelves are bending, and the back is falling off. I wanted their new shelf to have more storage space and be much more sturdy. Therefore, I elected to build them one myself using scraps of Purebond birch plywood.

I made this one from scraps and mess-ups from another corner shelf project for my parents. I laminated 3/4” and 1/2” Purebond birch plywood together to make the sides, using the 1/2” to fill space between the shelves, sort of like creating dados for the shelves. The shelves themselves are single “L’s” cut out of a sheet of plywood. I had considered making each shelf out of two pieces of wood, but decided that wouldn’t be strong enough. I trimmed it with some scrap pine I had lying around and will have to wait and see how well it holds up. So far, the trim is in pretty good shape, so I am pleased with the durability.

The shelves are strong and sturdy, it resists racking really well, and affords much more space for books and whatnot. I stained it with Minwax Gunstock stain, no prestain because I just wanted to see how it would turn out on the birch. I think it turned out pretty well!

I didn’t bother staining the back because I knew it would be in a corner and rarely moved. However, I do wish I had gone the extra mile and stained it as it would open up more options for how we arrange the room. The screws seen here are pan-head cabinet screws. Their purpose is to add stability to the shelves and help hold the back on should the glue fail.

This project was a blessing during a time when I was struggling to build a quality corner shelf for my parent’s house. I learned a lot of lessons while building this, such as properly aligning brad nails with the wood grain (I had some blowout early on). I suppose this shelf can stand as an example of why it is best to keep trying and stay patient.

If you enjoyed this project or have some advice for me, please let me know in the comments below. All well-meaning feedback is appreciated.

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