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Open Shelving

Open shelving continues to grow in popularity thanks to its versatility and modern design appeal. These simple open shelves provide clean-look storage and warm, contemporary style. Follow our shelving plans to get started and build your own open wall shelving unit.


Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Table saw or jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Combination square


  • 4 - 1"x8"x4' red oak boards (#1056)
  • 4-pack 1" stainless-steel panhead sheet metal screws (#213614)
  • Titebond interior/exterior wood glue (#627)
  • Hangman picture-hanging system (#56156)

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Step 1

With a table saw or jigsaw, cut one of the 1"x8"x4' red oak boards to 30" long. This will be used as the back piece of the shelving unit.

Step 2

Cut the three remaining red oak boards to 24"-long pieces. These will serve as the shelves.

Step 3

Lay the back piece on the floor. Arrange the three shelf pieces at positions of your choice. Use a combination square to make sure that the shelves are perpendicular to the back.

Step 4

Mark where the backing and the shelves meet, and drill pilot holes.

Step 5

Spread a bead of wood glue on the back edge of the shelves where they'll touch the back piece. Then drive the screws in from behind.

Step 6


Mount the shelving to your wall using a Hangman picture-hanging system.


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