Shaker Wall Shelf
is Easy to Build with
Pocket Hole Jig!
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This Shaker wall shelf is one of our free wood project plans.

Only 2 Power Tools Needed - a Jig Saw and a Drill!

This shaker wall shelf is a definite favorite!  It doesn't take a lot of wood - only 6 pieces, not counting the Shaker pegs - so is very inexpensive to build.  And with the curved lines on the side, it has a little more flair than the standard beginner woodworker project.

Woodworking Hand Tools Are Listed Here.

Because this Shaker wall shelf plan was designed for the woodworking beginner, there are only a minimal amount of tools needed.

The woodworking hand tools used are:

*The photo shows a Kreg Jig K5, but this shelf was actually built with the Kreg Jig K4.  Both work great!

Just a Couple of Power Tools Needed.

The woodworking power tools used to make these pocket hole jig plans for a wall shelf are: 

  • jig saw; and
  • drill.

A jig saw was used to cut all the arches and pieces of this Shaker wall shelf.  The jig saw is a very versatile tool, and can be used to cut bevels, arches, and straight lines.

The jig saw is  both inexpensive and easy to use.

The List of Materials Need is Short.

All of the pieces for the wall shelf are shown in the photo, except the beadboard back.  The dimensions for each piece are listed below:

  • 2 sides - 18" long by 7" wide;
  • 1 shelf - 22 1/2" long by 6 1/8" wide;
  • 1 top - 22 1/2" long by 2 3/4" wide;
  • 1 bottom - 22 1/2" long by 4 1/2" wide.

The beadboard back is 22 1/2" wide and 17 3/4" high.  This back is 3/8" thick and is cut from a 4' by 8' sheet of beadboard.  I suggest you get the beadboard cut down at the home improvement store.  Also, sometimes the store has smaller pieces for sale, so you may want to check this out.

Hardware Needed.

If making this Shaker wall shelf from pine, you will also need 
(14) Kreg 1-1/4-Inch 8-Coarse Washer-Head Pocket Screws. 

These Kreg jig plans could also be made from oak, cherry or other hardwood. If you do use a hardwood, you will need to use the 
Kreg 1-1/4-Inch Fine Washer-Head Pocket Screws. 

You will also need 4 Kreg pocket hole plugs for the shelf.  Sometimes it is difficult to find the screws and the plugs are your local hardware store.  You may click on the photo to buy them directly from the Kreg Tool Company.

You will also need a handful of small finishing nails to tack the bead board to the back of the wooden wall shelf.

You can buy Kreg pocket hole screws and the Kreg jig at some home improvement stores.  If you can't find them there, click on the links here to get them from Amazon.

All the Pocket Hole Joinery is Right Angle.

The only pocket hole joinery used for these wall shelf plans is right angle joinery.

The Kreg right angle clamp is very helpful with those joints.

Approximate Cost to Build This Shaker Wall Shelf.

The cost of materials for this wall shelf plan, when made out of pine,  is approximately $20-25.  This does not include the cost of finishing.

Marking the Arches on the Curved Side Pieces.

The sides have two arches to cut out.  To draw an arch proportionately, you will need a compass.  To cut out the big arch, measure in 3 1/2" from the top, then measure down 10 1/2" on the side.  To get this arch correct you will need to adjust your compass to match these two points.  I had to use a scrap of wood to anchor the compass point next to the project piece.  This way the compass is level when you spin it.

To cut out the smaller arch, measure in 3 1/2" from the bottom, then 4" up the side.  Anchor the compass in the bottom right corner and spin it.

You can use any arch or design you want, as long as both sides are the same, and all the pieces are square to one another.

Cut the Two Arches With Your Jig Saw.

After you have drawn your arches, you can clamp the piece down securely and cut out the arches using your jigsaw.  Try to cut just on the outside of your line.  You can then sand out any saw marks.

This is how the side pieces should look after cutting out the arches.  I tend to put both sides together after cutting to see if they match up right.  If there are any high points you can sand them down.

It is Optional Whether You Rout the Edges.

In this photo I am about to rout the edges of the arches with a router.  This is an optional step, and you can get a similar result by sanding.  If you use a sander, you must keep the edge uniform.

If you use a router, make sure you clamp your piece down and follow the safety procedures.

You Are Ready to Set Up Your Kreg Jig.

Your next step is to drill the pocket holes using the 3/8" Kreg drill bit.  Set the pocket hole drill to 3/4", which is the thickness of all of the material used in this wall shelf plan, except for the beadboard back. 

You will also need to set the pocket hole drill guide to 3/4".

If you are not sure how to do these settings, review the Kreg jig K4 set-up process.   If you have a Kreg Jig K5, click here for the set up process.

Once your Kreg jig is set up, you can drill the pocket holes in your Shaker wall shelf.

Drill 6 Pocket Holes in the Bottom Piece.

Your bottom piece will have two pocket holes on each end that will connect to the sides.  It will also have two pocket holes on the top edge that will secure it to the shelf.

All of these pocket holes will be at the back of the piece.

Drill Pocket Holes in The Shelf.

This photo is showing the shelf pocket holes after they have been plugged, but it also shows you where they need to be drilled. You need to have the back one on each side about 1 1/2" from the back edge, so that there is no conflict between the pocket hole screws coming from the bottom into the back of the shelf.

Drill 2 Pocket Holes in Each End of the Top Piece.

Even though this piece is narrow, it is best to have 2 pocket hole screws on each end.

Page 2 of This Shaker Wall Shelf Plan Shows You How to Assemble It.

Click on this link, or on the photo, to continue to page 2.  We recommend that you review each step before starting this project.

We have More Shaker Furniture Plans for the Beginner Woodworker!

Check out the benches, hamper, blanket chest and more at this link.

Or click on the photo.

This Wall Shelf Plan was a Special Order!

To see all of the wall shelf plans we have available, click here, or on the photo.

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