Building A Floor
Begin with two pieces of plywood that are slightly larger than the finished size, in case the two boards are slightly offset after the glue dries. In that manner, the sandwiched plywood shelf can easily be trimmed on all four sides to get to the desired finished size. The 1″ x 2″ trim board can then be attached to the edges of the shelf using biscuit joinery or finish nails. Here is another 2×4 Shelving Unit by Virginia Sweet Pea that is a perfect mix between the larger units we have showed you and the small paint shelf.
An assortment of hand tools should be in your toolbox when you’re building shelves. You should have a hammer to tap and adjust your shelves. Use them to adjust screw-cleats that are slightly skewed or any other object that needs fine tuning. You should also have a regular hand saw to trim and cut smaller pieces of wood fast and easy. If you have room in your toolbox, a coping saw also comes in handy.
Once I had all my braces built, I attached them to the wall. Every wall is different, but this is the method I have used on every floating shelf in my house. My finished shelf support frame looked like the above picture.
Don’t tighten these down all the way, yet. You will need to be able to have a tiny bit of flexibility when you replace the front of the shelf. I call it cloning, but I have seen it on other sites referred to in other terms. It has been around probably since the dawn of tools. However, this technique of sandwiching two pieces of stock with glue between the pieces is ideal if you intend to use two layers of plywood. It’s not necessary to paint it, but the primer spray paint seals it from the environment so it doesn’t rust over time.
We do not have a post on the under lighting at this time although it is pretty easy to install. While the shelves were drying, I worked on hanging the brackets. I found them on Etsy and they are made by SilicateStudio, and I have to say, they are extremely awesome. I went with the medium-duty version, even though I was pushing the shelf depth recommendation. The bottom shelf hasn’t fallen down yet, so I think I’m good.