Build this stylish shelf without cutting a single board. Its built-in light showcases artwork or collectibles, and the four shelves hold stacks of books.
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Screw a D-ring hanger to each 1/2 x 3 x 72 strip centered on its width and 4 inches from the top. On the back of the panel, measure and mark 1 inch in from both long edges. Then glue and nail the spacers to the back of the panel along the 1-inch inset lines (Project Diagram).
Sand the panel face and edges with 120- and 180-grit sandpaper. Wipe the surfaces clean and apply two coats of paint to the panel and shelves.
On the front of the panel, measure 13-1/2 inches up from the bottom and mark a 1-foot-long horizontal line centered on the panel. Using the five upper mounting holes on the hidden-shelf holder, screw it to the panel with the bottom edge of the holder on the pencil line. Repeat to mount the remaining shelf holders per the Project Diagram.
Measure the distance between the hangers on the back of the 1/2 x 3 boards and mark mounting locations on your wall. If no studs are present, install hollow-wall anchors.
Attach a light fixture to the back of the main panel and hang the shelf unit on the wall with the power cord running down between the back strips. Slip the shelves onto their supports and plug in the light.