Shaker Shelf with Pegs
is Easy to Assemble!
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Page 2 Shows You How to Assemble This Wall Shelf.

All the pieces of your Shaker shelf are cut, and all of your pocket holes drilled.   Now the fun part - it is time to put it all together.

Page 1 Shows You How to Cut and Drill This Shaker Shelf.

To go to page 1, click on this link, or on the photo.

The First Step in Assembly is to Create a Spacing Jig.

The back of the Shaker wall shelf is inset 3/8".  This allows the back piece of bead board to fit within the sides so that it won't show.

To make sure all of your pieces are aligned correctly, create a spacing jig that will hold your shelf, back and top piece 3/8" away from the back of the side pieces.

Next Step is to Attach the Bottom to One Side Piece.

Align the bottom piece with the bottom of one of the side pieces.  Note the 3/8" setback.  Use the speed square to be sure all is square and straight.  Then drive the 2 pocket hole screws.

We don't show the Kreg right angle clamp in this photo, but, believe me, that clamp makes these right angle joints much easier and faster!

You Can Now Attach the Shelf to One Side and to the Bottom.

Align the shelf to the Bottom piece you have all ready connected.  The pocket holes are on the top of the shelf where they will be less noticeable.

Use the square to be sure all is straight, and then drive the pocket hole screws.

You can also attach the top piece, making sure to use the 3/8" spacer to get the setback needed for the bead board.

Now You Can Attach the 2nd Side to Top, Bottom and Shelf.

When you flip the wall shelf over, you will once again need to use a speed square and the 3/8" spacing jig to fasten the second side.  Clamp the 2nd side to your work surface, and attach the top, bottom and shelf to that side.

Make sure the piece is turned the right way.  This may sound silly, but pieces may be flipped, and sometimes a piece is forgotten.  It can be frustrating to think the shelf is done only to discover a piece is turned the opposite way.

After the 5 Major Pieces are Together, You can Nail in the Bead Board Back.

The bead board runs the full height of the back, so that it is well supported by both the top piece and the bottom piece.  The bead board can be glued and/or nailed to the back.

The Pocket Holes In the Shelf Need to be Plugged.

Use pine Kreg pocket hole plugs to fill in the four pocket holes on the top of the shelf.  Use a little glue to hold them in place.  Once the glue dries, the plug needs to be sanded level with the top of the shelf.

The pocket holes in your top and bottom pieces are covered up by the bead board.

This Shaker Shelf is Complete Except for the Shaker Pegs and Finishing.

It is starting to look good!  BUT the Shaker pegs add so much to the character of this piece.

We drilled the holes for the pegs after assembly.  If you know where you want the pegs to go, it would be easier to drill them before assembly.

Also, this wall shelf would have been much easier to paint at this stage!  Once the pegs are added, it is difficult to paint around them.

Shaker Pegs
Came in a
Package of 2.

Because we wanted 3 Shaker pegs, we had to get two packages.  It is customary to use an odd number of pegs.  The package will tell you what size hole you need to drill for that particular Shaker peg.

Also, you could choose to put hooks on this wall shelf, instead of the pegs.

Drill the Holes for the Pegs.

Once you know what size hole you need for the Shaker pegs, you are ready to mark and drill the holes.

The Pegs are Glued Into the Drilled Holes.

The Shaker pegs are glued into the holes you just drilled. Make sure you wipe up any excess glue immediately so that it doesn't interfere with your chosen finish.

Also, you will want the glue to dry before finishing your Shaker shelf.

Your Shaker Shelf is Complete!

Hey, it looks good!  But it will look much better when the painting is done.

We painted ours after the assembly was complete.  It would have been much easier to paint before the pegs were added!

And it would have been easier to paint the pegs before they were inserted!


We Have More Shaker Furniture Plans for the Beginner Woodworker.

These end table plans are a definite favorite!  You can check those out, plus more Shaker plans, at the link below or by clicking on the photo.

Go from this Shaker shelf plan
to see more of our Shaker furniture plans.

We Have More Wall Shelf Plans, too!

Wall shelves are a great way for a beginner woodworker to get started!  There is a great sense of satisfaction when you finish those first few projects.

Learn how to build a wall shelf with the
plans in our wall shelf category.

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