Shelf Plans for a Plate Shelf
Every home, no matter what size, battles clutter. The tops of
counters, bookshelves, tables, and other surfaces often get crowded with debris from our days – whether spare change or junk mail. This can leave these surfaces as an unattractive place to display fine china or collectibles. You want to show them off – not store them away or bury them in clutter. Plate shelves can help.
A plate shelf is fairly self-explanatory: it is just a flat shelf that can be used for display; often they are made with a rail to keep plates and other collectibles more secure. These are often seen in kitchens
and dining rooms, but they can be useful in virtually any room. These
shelves are among the easiest to build. You can find great shelf plans that take you through each step and require only a length of 1×10 pine or oak, a length of 1×8, 3/4 inch half round molding, wood pegs or brass hooks, screws, wood glue, finish nails, and finish or paint. Within an afternoon, you can be done constructing your shelf. Your plates, mugs, or collectibles can be displayed as soon as your finish or paint (if any) is dry.
Making your own plate shelves from a set of shelf plans requires you to
measure – easy enough – and cut boards to the required length. You will
also have to know how to use a rotary saw to cut the groove in the shelf, design the shape of the brackets and cut them with a jig or saber saw, install molding, pegs, or hooks, if you want them, and sand your corners. That’s it!
With a little time and effort, you can create the perfect storage and display solution for your home.