Once you’ve worked out how long you want your shelves to be, you can have your timber pre-cut at your local Bunnings. We cut three lengths of 300m from the 185mm x 19mm timber and three lengths of 280mm from the 42mm x 19mm timber.
Mark where you’re going to drill the three holes in the bottom of the shelf support. Make sure the holes are in the middle of the timber and an equal distance apart. Then clamp the shelf and the shelf support to a workbench so that their edges are flush and pre-drill the three holes.
Apply some PVA wood glue to the back of the shelf support. Then clamp the shelf and shelf support to the workbench again. Drill three screws into the holes you’ve already made, driving them below the surface of the timber with a countersink bit.
Use a putty knife and putty to cover up the screws in the shelf support and to hide any gaps between the joints of the timber. Wait for the putty to dry, then sand it off until it’s smooth. You can also give the whole shelf a sand for a nice, even finish.
Giving the shelf a stain or paint before you hang it will make it look great. If you’re staining it, for a more professional look, wait for the first coat to dry, sand it back lightly and then apply the second coat.
Now you need to choose where you want the shelf to be. Using a spirit level, mark on the wall the distance of the holes you drilled in the shelf support. Screw wall anchors into these marks.
Line-up the holes in the shelf support with the wall anchors. Then drill screws into the wall anchors to secure the shelf.
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Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions which came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings team member.