How To Make A Floating Shelf From Reclaimed Wood

In this video Uncle Knackers demonstrates how to make a floating shelf from reclaimed wood, including how to make and fit sliding bookends to the shelf!

Shane uses a lot of different saws in this upcycling project, if you don’t have any of them you could use a hand saw instead.

Please be careful about the pallet wood that you use.  Pallets are typically either heat-treated (heated to a high temperature to seal the wood) or treated with methyl bromide – a toxic pesticide linked to human health problems and ozone layer depletion.

Look for pallets that have the IPPC seal and an “HT” stamp,which means it was heat-treated rather than sealed with chemical pesticides. Avoid unmarked pallets or those stamped with an “MB” for methyl bromide.

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The materials and equipment that you’ll need to make your upcycled floating shelf are shown below.

  • 1 length of pallet wood
  • 1 old hardwood fence paling
  • Wood glue
  • Nails
  • 2 150mm bolts (1 for the moveable bookend and the other is cut off short – about 25mm or an inch long)
  • 1 length of 4 x 4 (for the bookends and the wooden nut)
  • 250ml tin of clear, satin varnish
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Drop saw
  • Jig saw
  • Mitre saw
  • Nail gun
  • Jig saw
  • Drill
  • Wooden drill bit
  • Clamp
  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Paint brush
Did You Know?

The average American generates 4.4 pounds of trash per day, adding to the grand total of about 251 million tons of trash the United States accumulates per year. American communities recycled and composted nearly 35% of municipal solid waste in 2012, diverting 87 million tons to recovery according to the U.S. EPA.

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