Easy DIY Floating Shelves with Pocket Hole Joinery For Beginners

– Today I got a great beginner
woodworking project for you. Floating shelves. Man these are so simple. Pocket Hole Construction. You actually don't even have
to have pocket hole jig, you can just nail or brad
nails these things together. This thing is super simple. Basically you just make
a box with an open end. You're gonna have a tubafour on the wall. You're gonna screw into the studs or use some hollow wall anchors and then this is gonna slip
right into the back of that and then you're gonna just attach it from the top into that tubafour.

And this will hold pretty decent weight. I wouldn't like stand on it, but it's a great project for a beginner if you wanna add some
shelving to your house, great way to do floating shelves. And let me show you how we're gonna do it. You can paint these shelves. You can stain these shelves. You can leave them natural. You don't have to do anything to them. You can just put a clear coat on them. However, you wanna decorate them, they're your shelves. They're so easy to build. You can take a two foot
piece of a tubafour for your wall mount. These shelves are two foot
long or two foot wide, one 10 foot, one by six and one piece of a tubafour
you can make a floating shelf.

So I've actually built
some that have one before. So as you'll see right here. We built these and put
them in our bathroom. They hold towels, they hold decorations, things
like that in our bathroom. They're great way to add
a little extra storage to the bathroom or any room really. These are how we did them in one before I've modified a little bit because I want that face
board to go all the way across and hide the end grain
of those sideboards.

It's just a great way to
add some floating shelves to the house. So to start, what we're gonna do is we're
gonna take two by fours. So I've got these 21 inches long. These are gonna be for
24 inch floating shelves. I'm gonna rip the edges
off of both of these to make them nice and square. You don't have to do that. It just makes it better for the customer when they go to mount everything. And we can make sure that both of these are exactly the same width. And these are two scrap pieces I had so I'm not sure if
they're exactly same width and I wanna make sure that they are and I go ahead and build my
shelf out of the one by six. So I'm just go do the jointing
with a table saw method that I've used many times on these videos. Basically, all you're gonna
do is use a straight edge, in this case, a four foot level
and use it as a reference.

You're gonna slide it with the stock. What that does is gives this
board a straight reference that moves with it. If you just rip it along with the fence all it's doing is referencing
the other side of the board. And by doing that, if that board is bowed or twisted or anything like that, so goes the other side. (upbeat music) I moved the fence into three and a quarter that's should be good
enough for both of them to be 3/4 inches.

(saw blade grinding) Dusty, dusty, dusty. All right, now you can
see that these things… That puts a nice square
age on both of them. Now it's time to build the shelf. We're just gonna build those out of a couple of one by sixes. So I know that my face
board is gonna be two foot because that's what the customer wants. A 24 inch shelf, one end marked 24 inches. And I'm gonna cut two of those because I've got two shelves to make. (saw blade whirring) If you're making multiples of anything, you can lay one on top of the other, flush up this side down
here that's already been cut with the border underneath. Then we'll just bring
it back to the top board to the blade till it touches. Make sure you're flush and then cut. (saw blade whirring) There's my two face boards. I'm gonna go ahead and cut
eight more of these boards at two feet because they want the top and the bottom of the shelf. We're gonna basically make a box. I gonna have two on each side. Keep this piece if you have one that's just a little short
cause we're gonna need it.

Be sure and cut that very
end just to square it up. So that's basically got one shelf there. So the basic idea, idea, idea idea. So the basic idea is this
will be mounted to the wall. You'll have these two
boards joined together with pocket holes like that, and then they will fit
on top of that board. So I have two pieces on the bottom, two pieces on top, a face piece, and then
a piece on the side. If you wanna make things simpler, you can get some one by 10, one by 12 and just have one board on top and bottom.

But essentially what you're gonna… I'm gonna rip the edge off of these boards so that they fit together
a little tighter. You don't have to do
that if you don't want to they'll just be, have that gap in there That will be fine. The reason I'm doing this because I wanna them all
to be the exact same width. And the only way to do that
is to rip the edges off. Do that joining with a table saw method. We gonna do that on four of the boards. The fifth board, I'll have to cut the size once I get the shelf put together. (upbeat music) So we're using 3/4 inch
stock or one by stock so we'll set the pocket hole
jig, three quarters of an inch.

I'm just going to put three pocket holes and two of the boards for each shelf. (upbeat music) Now we're just gonna assemble the top and bottom part of the shelf. We've got our pocket holes. We're gonna use some wood glue. This is Titebond 2 to spring it stuff. It's like, spread it out somehow. Or you can use your finger,
you can use a brush, whatever you wanna do. I'm just going to make
sure this end is as flush as I can get it. And probably trim these
off just a little bit So I'm gonna use my Kreg face clamp. These things are super handy. All right, keeps everything held in place while you put
that Kreg's screw in there. These are inch and a
quarter Kreg's screws. That's what is supposed to be used on this three quarter inch material. Swap ends, face clamp
that one, put it together. Same thing in the middle. It's kinda hold it in place.

Trying to get that flush,
it feels flushed right now. A lot of times when you dry that screw it'll pull it just a little out of flush. That's okay. When you're saying that down that's upside the top of the
shelf will look like that. We'll do it one more time
for the bottom of the shelf. Same thing, glue. Screws. (upbeat music) You know what time it is? "Power Tip Time." So if you're building anything where you've joined multiple boards together, you want to square those ends up 'cause even though we cut
them exactly the same, this end is flushed. Right here you can see perfectly
flush, no issues there. When you flip it over to the other end you can see that it's
just a little bit out. We don't want that, so what do you do? Circular saw? I'm gonna use the miter saw, table saw, you can use the table saw. Anything like that we're
just going to make sure both ends are exactly flush. So I'll actually cut both ends.

And then I'll cut one
end of the other board laid this board on top of it and make sure they're exactly the same. Since we're got we're using
both of them for our show. (saw blade grinding) And all I cut was just not even a blade, with probably about a half a blade with that gets everything
up nice and squared up.

This project is coming together. I've got a big sun spot. Let me move. It's starting to come together now. This is gonna be the board
that attaches to the wall. So you'll put this on the wall, you'll level it up,
screw it into some stock. These two will fit together like this. So they'll actually slide over this board that's on the wall. We're gonna build the front cap that will hide this end as well as the fit a
piece over the edge too. This is what I'm thinking. So we want our edge board,
our hardboard to be four. So that's four and seven, eight's tight. So I'll probably make them five inches because I want this top to be… So I'll make it four and 50, 60s because I want a little
bit of play in there. So the customer can get this
over the top of their board. So these two edge pieces
will need to be that wide by however long, this is gonna be. So we're gonna have a face board. So 10 and three eight is what this'll be.

10 and three, eight, four and 50/60s So I've got the inboards cut. So essentially what's gonna happen is this board will be lined up on the edge, flush with the top of this. This board will be here
on the top of that. So everything lines up like this because it's a floating shelf. I don't want this edge
sticking out like that. I think that's what we're doing. Everything will fit in like this. By doing that, I'm gonna
need to cut the shelves down to fit inside here. So instead of these being 24 inches there'll be minus inch and a half. So 22 1/2. This is what the inside
of the shelf looks like. This is the face board. This is the top. This will be the bottom,
which will go here. So these are 22 1/2 This face board's 24 inches. These are as long as you need
them to be to cover that.

So it's gonna go all the way
to the back of the shelf. And then this piece will go on the wall through to the wall, the
shelf we'll go over that. And then you will attach it to the tops. A very easy floating shelf
pocket, old additions. What I've done is I went ahead and drilled some pocket holes there to
attach to the face piece.

Also draw one in each edge face and then one on the ends,
which will attach here. And then of course, inside there. To get inside you're gonna need a nice right angle attachment. I'll put a link in the description below. Once the board is on, it's gonna make it harder to get in there. We're just gonna be using
glue, pocket old screws and we'll assemble this
shelf and be done with it. I think it's better if we
put the end piece on first, I want to make sure
everything's lined up right. I wanna flush this outside edge up. Make sure the top, the
bottom are flush right here on the outside edge is flush. I'll take a single pocket hole. You could put two in there.

I probably should have were better but it's really not needed, right? Everything's nice. And flush-ish. Put this piece. On the main thing here
is you're gonna flush up the top and this edge you can take this edge piece, set it there just to make sure everything
is going to be flushed. Get everything nice and tight. Start on one end. I like to hold pressure down on it while I'm screwing in to
keep anything from moving.

You can clamp this as well. (drill whirring) I'm actually thinking
it'll be easier to go ahead and put this on without that end cap bottom piece on first, the glue… I forgot to put some glue in there. but that's just about
too big for my drill. It's too small, too narrow and it barely fits. Is it coming together? I don't know if I can get my
drill in there, I hope so. So we've got to find out
their right angle attachments for right there. Over being a dummy and using my clamps. (drill whirring) We'll put this endpiece
on the very same way. Wondering not wouldn't have been easier to put that piece on and
then put the edge pieces on. I don't know, I think this work.

So it's better to go ahead and put these screws in
the hole, get them ready. You don't have a right angle attachment and you're building one this narrow, you're gonna have problems. This is the right angle
attachment will allow you to get to that into that tight space. (drill whirring) Alright. Moment of truth. We've got to make sure this fits. If it don't? It does exactly what I wanted to. I wanted it a little loose
because they're gonna set this on top and attach it to
the top of this board. And they have plenty, a little
bit of room to wiggle it. It's gonna work out just right. Sand and stain and in there you got
yourself, a floating shelf. So when I'm sanding, I like
to have some ear protection. I use these Powerbeats Pro,
they're sound isolating. They're not sound canceling,
but it does dampen the sound. And while I do that, I like
listening to audio books. It's a great way to consume books because I'm not a big reader like sitting down with a book and reading but I like to listen to a
lot of different things.

Audio books are one. If you are interested there's a link in the description below. If you've never signed up for all we can go get you a free
trial, get to free audio book. (upbeat music) Getting hot, I'm sweating. We're fixing to stain these shelves. We're gonna stain on Minwax True Blacks. What the customer wants. I'm gonna use this precinct conditioner. Look on the channel a
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