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Triangular shelf for festive decor

Here's an easier way to make a triangular shelf, and the shape is perfect for displaying festive decorations.

All pieces 12mm SupaWood [MDF]

1 of 92 x 462mm - right side

1 of 92 x 476mm - left side

1 of 92 x 380mm - bottom shelf

2 of 80 x 80mm - base side

1 of 80 x 180mm - base front

1 of 92 x 98mm - top shelf

1 of 92 x 193mm - middle shelf

1 of 92 x 287mm - lower shelf

1 of 92 x 90mm - shelf divider

Wood glue

Wood filler

Medium sanding sponge or 150-grit sandpaper

Optional: 3mm white Masonite for back

Optional : Hammer and V-pins

Rust-Oleum 2X, Universal or Chalked spray paint in your choice of colour

After making the triangle shelf I have been hunting high and low for an easier way to make a triangular shelf. This is by far an easier way!

1. Cut 25-degree angles at each end of the bottom shelf. Cut the right side with a 25-degree angle at one end and a 40-degree angle. Butt the right side 25-degree angle flush with the base, as shown above. Glue together.

2. Cut the left side with a 25-degree angle at one end and a 40-degree angle at the other end. Place the left side against the bottom and line up the angles, as shown above. Glue together.

3. Overlap the 40-degree angles of the sides to form a perfect top and glue together.

4. Optional: Use V-pins (used for picture framing) to add extra strength to the joins.

5. Rub wood filler along the cut edges of the shelf and sides. This is important if you are planning to spray paint the shelf. The wood filler will seal the edges and reduce absorption. Let dry and then sand smooth with 150-grit sandpaper. 

6. Cut 25-degree angles on both ends of the shelf pieces and glue these in place. Leave for an hour or two and then apply wood filler to the ends as per the previous step. 

7. Glue together the base and use glue to secure to the underside of the triangle frame.

To finish, you can use any acrylic paint, or grab a can of Rust-Oleum 2X, Universal or Chalked spray paint at your local Builders Warehouse. Shake the can well and then use light, even strokes over the surface. Let the first coat dry before applying a second coat. 

Optional: Measure and cut a piece of 3mm white masonite and secure to the back with staples or panel pins.

 

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