Project Overview

You can never have too much storage and shelf space. This stylish concrete wall shelf is ideal for indoors or out, is versatile and is really easy to make. We’ll show you how in a few simple steps. 

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How to saw metal

When cutting metal, you can prevent the saw from slipping by using duct tape. Simply stick it down where you want to cut and mark out your measurements on it. This will ensure you make a cleaner, safer cut.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut the aluminium strip
2 Sand the aluminium
3 Measure and mark for the back of the bracket
4 Bend the aluminium
5 Measure and mark for the paver
6 Bend the metal
7 Measure and mark the metal
8 Bend the metal on a 45-degree angle
9 Measure and mark for the final bend
10 Bend the metal
11 Drill the mounting hole
12 Cut off the excess metal
13 Sand the metal
14 Make the second bracket
15 Spray paint the brackets and screws
16 Mount the shelf
17 Insert the concrete paver
18 Dress your shelf
  • Step 1. Cut the aluminium strip

    To make working with the three-metre aluminium strip easier, clamp it to a workbench and use a hacksaw to cut it. We cut ours into 900mm lengths.

  • Step 2. Sand the aluminium

    Use sandpaper to sand the aluminium where you’ve cut. This is to get rid of any burrs that you may have created.

  • Step 3. Measure and mark for the back of the bracket

    For the vertical section of the bracket, measure and mark out 300mm on the aluminium strip.

  • Step 4. Bend the aluminium

    Place the aluminium strip in the vice, so that the mark you made is level with the top of the jaws on the vice and tighten it. Use the hammer to bend the metal to a 90-degree angle.

  • Step 5. Measure and mark for the paver

    Place the paver on the bracket so that it’s flush with the 90-degree angle you’ve just made. Make a mark a few millimetres away from the paver on the metal strip. Ours measured 153mm.

  • Step 6. Bend the metal

    Place the metal strip in the vice with the 153mm mark in line with the top of the vice’s jaws. Use the hammer to bend the metal 90 degrees. Your metal strip should now be a U shape.

  • Step 7. Measure and mark the metal

    Place the paver into the bracket. Measure the height of the paver and make a mark on the metal strip a few millimetres above that. Ours was marked at 33mm.

  • Step 8. Bend the metal on a 45-degree angle

    Place the metal strip in the vice, with the mark in line with the top of the vice’s jaws. Use the hammer to bend the metal to a 45-degree angle.

  • Step 9. Measure and mark for the final bend

    Now it’s time to mark where you need to bend the metal so that it’s parallel to the supporting bracket. Mark where the two ends of the aluminium strip overlap. Ours was at 240mm on the support piece of the bracket.

  • Step 10. Bend the metal

    Place the aluminium strip back in the vice, once again with the mark in line with the top of the vice’s jaws. Use the hammer to bend the metal so that it’s parallel to the support piece of the bracket.

  • Step 11. Drill the mounting hole

    Put the two overlapping pieces of aluminium strip into the vice and tighten. Drill through both pieces of metal with a 7mm drill bit. Countersink with a 10mm drill bit. Make sure that you don’t drill all of the way through with the 10mm bit. 

  • Step 12. Cut off the excess metal

    Place a screw through the holes in the bracket to make sure they stay aligned. Then clamp the bracket into the vice and use a hacksaw to cut off the overhanging metal.

  • Step 13. Sand the metal

    Use the 120 grit sandpaper to clean away any burrs where you cut the aluminium strip.

  • Step 14. Make the second bracket

    Repeat the steps you’ve just done to make the second bracket for your concrete wall shelf.

  • Step 15. Spray paint the brackets and screws

    With a drop sheet down, spray paint the brackets and mounting screws. We choose to paint it black to give it an industrial look. You may need to apply two coats of paint. Let the paint dry between coats.

  • Step 16. Mount the shelf

    Once you’ve decided where to put your shelf, use the drill and 65mm batten screws to secure one of the brackets to your fence. Use a level to mark where to put the other bracket. Once it’s straight screw in the second bracket. 

  • Step 17. Insert the concrete paver

    Slide the concrete paver between the brackets, put it in place and your shelf is complete.
  • Step 18. Dress your shelf

    Now you have the perfect place to put sunscreen, swimming goggles and all of the things you need around the pool or anywhere else. Not only is it really handy, but it looks great too.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Bench-mounted vice
  • Cordless drill
  • 7mm and 10mm drill bits
  • Drop sheet
  • Hacksaw
  • Hammer
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Pencil
  • Spirit level
  • 120 grit sandpaper

Materials

  • 25mm x 3mm x 3m aluminium strip
  • 500mm x 150mm x 30mm concrete paver
  • 65mm batten screws
  • Spray paint
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