I'm guessing this DIY wall shelve uses Ikea products but can't find anything matching. Nor can I find any description as to how to build this other than just pictures.

Guessing by the books kept there, I'm thinking this is about 31" wide and 6" deep. That puts it close to Ekby or lack shelves. But those shelves have a 10" depth and this one is 6" at best (notice the CDs?).

Has anyone built this or know how to build this (using Ikea products or otherwise)? Step-by-step if possible would be great!

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  • Possible duplicate: How can I hang a shelf with no visible fasteners?
    – BMitch
    Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 20:30
  • I'm not asking for how to hang a shelf, rather building this one.
    – Mrchief
    Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 4:51
  • Note: We don't generally do product advice here.
    – Bryce
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 7:56
  • I would do this with a band clamp and biscuits.
    – Evil Elf
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 15:59
  • @Bryce: I didn't know this was a "Product". I found it on DIY forum and the this is diy.stackexchange.com, isn't it?
    – Mrchief
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 16:46

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I found a matching image at http://www.furnitureinfashion.net/beech-home-wall-shelves-lasse-p-6628.html?osCsid=cf4c725a6d1c4b00d50adca495f827d3 which has dimensions of W85cm x D16cm x H47.5cm.

As to building it, I've built several like it over the years, and believe it really is up to you. What I mean is you can take this basic design and modify the dimensions to suit your taste. I use Excel and scale my plans until I'm satisfied before I even buy the wood. Also, you can build it out of any number of materials including: plywood, MDF, and solid wood. Also, the way you put it together is often dictated by your tools and skill. If you are a beginner and want to stain it, I would suggest you go with solid wood. It will be more expensive, but will simpler to build. I would also suggest you go to your local Lowes, HD, etc. and look at their selection of wood and see whether they have a hardwood you like. Looking at the picture, it looks like it veneered to resemble maple. But, I wouldn't recommend you use maple as it is too expensive. See if you can find another hardwood (I wouldn't use a softwood) that you like.

Another thing that will dictate your plan is what type of saw you have and your previous skill using it. Ideally you would want a table saw or radial arm saw for the cross cuts. If you don't have one of these, or have no prior furniture building experience, I'd recommend you either buy a pre-cut kit (if you can find one), or find a local woodworking business to cut them for you. Otherwise you'll likely end up with misaligned or uneven cuts that will detract from the appearance.

I don't want to sound negative, but, to me, even though this may look like a simple project, it's not a beginner project unless you can be satisfied with less than perfect work. If you do decide to go ahead though, just don't expect it to be perfect or you may be disappointed. Just enjoy the journey and hope you get to where you want. Also, there are tons of web sites that provide free info on cutting and assembling bookshelves. Although they won't look like this, their planning, cutting, assembly and finishing techniques will give you the knowledge you need for the project.

  • Thanks for the info. That website confirms my guess about dimensions. Now I'm not very skilled at wood sawing nor I have done much, which is why I was planning to hack something out of Ikea shelves which are pre cut. I may have to drill some holes and dowels ands screws can be used to put them together I guess. So if someone has done it already, then I can learn from their experience...
    – Mrchief
    Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 4:54
  • Glad to hear you are planning on using pre-cut boards. That will definitely simplify the process. If this is a kit you are considering, then it should come with the fasteners and directions. If not, and you don't find what you need elsewhere on the web, post back and I'll try to help.
    – getterdun
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 12:04
  • Here's what I have so far - I wanted a slightly bigger unit, so I calculated the Width/Height ratio on this one. Scaling them to Ikea shelves sizes, I think Ekby or Lack shelves can work. I've started putting together a list but I haven't found something to substitute for the smaller inserts which should be roughly 7" x 7" or in case of Ikea shelves, 10" or even 11". Cutting Ikea shelves will not work well so I'm still looking. And yes, I plan to publish a post if I can build this and thanks for your offer!
    – Mrchief
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 16:56

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