How to make D.I.Y. honeycomb floating wall shelves

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Project Overview

These honeycomb floating wall shelves are a modern and stylish way to make a feature of any wall in your house. They’re easy to make and they’ll give a somewhere to show off your favourite things. Continue to step-by-step instructions
removing bent nail
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How to remove a bent nail

If a nail bends as you hammer it in, don’t try to straighten it, just remove it. The easiest way to do this is to place a thin piece of timber beside the nail to support the hammer and protect the surface. Fit the claw of the hammer under the nail head and pull the handle towards you until the nail comes out. Keep the handle as close to vertical as possible so you don’t make the nail hole wider.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut the 30-degree mitres
2 Build the honeycomb
3 Putty the shelf
4 Sand the shelf
5 Stain the shelf
6 Fix the shelf to the wall
7 Time to decorate!
  • Step 1. Cut the 30-degree mitres

    The angle for each cut on the hexagon frame is 30 degrees. Set the drop saw at 30 degrees and make a mitre cut on one end of the length of oak. Then measure, mark and cut six pieces at 250mm, measuring long end to long end. Mitre both ends. These ends should be mirror images.
  • Step 2. Build the honeycomb

    Once your six pieces of timber are cut you can join them together. Placing one piece of timber on the workbench, apply a bead of wood glue to the end of another piece. Place this piece next to the first piece and clamp them together, making sure the angles are flush. Nail the timber in place. For each side, pin the top and bottom at opposing angles to help ensure a better join. Nail the centre to finish. Repeat this to join all six pieces of timber, making sure all edges are flush.
  • Step 3. Putty the shelf

    Use wood putty to fill any holes or gaps in the shelf. Let it dry.
  • Step 4. Sand the shelf

    Once the putty is dry use the orbital sander and the 240 grit sandpaper to sand the shelf so that the putty is flat and the edges are smooth.
  • Step 5. Stain the shelf

    You can stain, varnish or paint the wall shelves to suit your décor. We applied a clear varnish to highlight the natural colour and grain.  Apply as many coats as necessary, lightly sanding between coats.
  • Step 6. Fix the shelf to the wall

    To eliminate any visible wall fixings, we used a threaded rod to fix the shelves to the wall.  Measure, mark and cut the threaded rod to 100mm, use as many as you think necessary. Use a 6mm drill bit to drill 60mm into a stud in the wall. Do the same on the back of the shelf to a depth of 40mm. Hammer the threaded rod into the back of the shelf. Fit the rod into the matching holes on the wall. Repeat the steps above to make as many shelves as you like. You can also add internal shelves within the shelves.
  • Step 7. Time to decorate!

    Now your shelves are on the wall, you can fill them with whatever you like. It will look great and you can be proud of the fact you made it yourself.
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