Plate (or Frame or Book) Ledge
I saw a tutorial for a pretty ledge shelf at Christina’s Adventures. Immediately I knew it would be the perfect accent for a wall in our farmhouse dining room. Her tutorial served as our starting point. We tweaked a few things to make it work better for our space (and plates). This is truly an easy shelf ledge to make with only a few materials. To be sure it’s all solid, use a Kreg Jig, brad nails, wood screws, and wood glue.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1×6 board (48″ long)
2×4 board (48″long) (ripped to 3 1/4″ width)
Kreg Jig- 1 1/4″ screws for pocket holes
1×4 board (48″long) (ripped to 2 3/4″ width)
2 1/2″ woodscrews (to attach to wall- this could vary depending on your wall situation)
1 1/4″ brad nails (for nail gun)
wax to seal
Be sure your pieces of wood are as straight as possible.
Putting it all together
Put the boards together before staining. Run a bead of wood glue along the bottom of the back board (1×6). Fasten the board to the base using 5 Kreg Jig pocket holes and screws. This will ensure a solid bond that can hold up to the weight of your plates.
Next, place the front board against the bottom base board. Run a bead of glue along the front of the base (2×4). Using a nail gun, put six 1 1/4″ brad nails spaced evenly along the front board. Nail close to the bottom of the board.
Let the piece set up overnight. We actually waiting a couple of days before staining. Stain and use the finish of your choice. We chose to use wax to seal our shelves. You can use poly or whatever.
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