This step by step diy project is about how to build bathroom shelves. This detailed project features instructions and diagrams about building a towel shelves for your bathroom. If you want to add storage space to your bathroom in an elegant manner, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions. Invest in high quality materials and don’t forget to adjust the size and the design of the bathroom shelves to suit your needs.
It is essential to choose the right materials before starting the construction and the assembly of the bathroom shelves. As you will see in the project, you need to choose durable lumber with a nice appearance, such as pine, cedar or redwood. Make sure the components are in a good visual condition and choose professional tools when adjusting their size. Take accurate measurements and join the components with glue and screws.
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How to Build Bathroom Shelves
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- A – 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 17″ long, 2 pieces – 22 1/2″ long FRAME
- B – 1 piece of 1×8 lumber – 21″ long, 1 piece – 10″ long SHELVES
- C – 1 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 18 1/2″x22 1/2″ long BACK
- D – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 17″ long, 2 pieces – 19 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 22 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 8 1/2″ long TRIMS
- E – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 7 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 24″ long TOP TRIMS
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 2’x2′
- 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 8 ft
- 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 1/4″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- filler, stain
Building Bathroom Shelves
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frame of the bathroom shelves. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to build the components out of 1×8 lumber.
Mark the cut lines to the slats and get the job done with a circular saw. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the vertical components and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the perpendicular components. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess.
The next step of the woodworking project is to build the interior shelves, as described in the diagram. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to drill pocket holes at both ends of the components.
Make sure the corners are right-angled and add glue to the joints, after aligning everything with attention. Smooth the cut edges before locking the components together.
Continue the project by attaching the 3/4″ plywood back to the structure of the bathroom shelves. Mark the cut lines on the plywood and smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: Make sure the corners are right-angled and secure the back to the structure by using 1 1/4′ finishing nails and waterproof glue. The edges need to be flush one with another in order to get a professional result.
Fitting the 1×2 trims to the front of the bathroom towel shelves is a straight forward process, but you need to take into account several aspects to the get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and adjust the size of the trims before locking them to the wooden structure.
Leave no gaps between the trims. In addition, lock the trims together by using pocket holes and screws.
Get the job done by fitting the rest of the trims to the middle shelves. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the trims and secure them to the perimeter trims by using 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure the corners are square-angled and add glue to the joints.
If you want to enhance the look of the bathroom shelves, we recommend you to fit 1×2 trims to the top of the bathroom shelves. Align everything with great care and secure them into place by using finishing nails.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: In order to protect the lumber from water damage, we recommend you to cover the components with several coats of paint. Place the wooden shelves in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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