How to Build Small Nail Polish Shelves

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One of the most dire needs in a dressing room or a master bath is shelving. One particular shelf that you may not hear too much about is one to store nail polish. These can be as simple or as elaborate as you want to make them. These shelves are built much like shadow boxes or knickknack shelves, but with an added lip on the shelves to prevent the nail polish from sliding off the shelf.

Step 1

Place the two pieces of 2-by-24-by-1/2-inch plywood on a table, side by side. Mark one of the ends of the two pieces as the bottom. Begin measuring from that edge and make a mark at 8 and 15 1/2 inches. Place the carpenter's square on these marks and draw lines across both pieces.

Step 2

Start back at the same edge you measured from in Step 1 and make a mark at 1/2 inch. Place your ruler on the next mark up and make a mark at 1/2 inch. Repeat this for the last mark. Set the carpenter's square on these marks and draw a line across each piece of wood.

Step 3

Drill two pilot holes between the lines that you have created. Include two pilot holes at the very top of the two pieces of plywood.

Step 4

Apply glue to the ends of the three pieces of 1 3/4-by-23-by-1/2-inch plywood and the one piece of 2-by-23-by-1/2-inch plywood. Place them between the two pieces on the lines, with the three narrower pieces as the bottom three shelves. The 2-inch wide piece secures between the two end pieces at the top of the nail polish shelf unit.

Step 5

Secure the shelves to the end pieces with the 3/4-inch brads. Be careful not to produce hammer marks as you drive the nails into the shelves. Set the nails with the nail set in preparation of wood putty. Clean up excess glue immediately with a damp cloth.

Step 6

Apply glue to the front edges of the three bottom shelves. Next, secure the screen mold to these shelves. This will help keep the nail polish from sliding off the front edge of the shelf.

Step 7

Turn the shelf unit over, apply glue to all the edges and secure the 24-by-24-by-1/4-inch plywood to the back of the shelf unit with the box nails. Turn the unit back over and clean up any excess glue with a damp cloth.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not leave power tools unattended in the presence of children. Do not stain or paint the shelf unit in an unventilated area.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 pieces of 2-by-24-by-1/2-inch plywood
  • Carpenter's square
  • Variable speed drill
  • 1/16-inch drill bit
  • Wood glue
  • 3 pieces 1 3/4-by-23-by-1/2-inch plywood
  • 1 piece 2-by-23-by-1/2-inch plywood
  • 3/4-inch brads
  • Hammer
  • Nail set
  • 3 pieces screen mold 23 inches
  • 1 piece 24-by-24-by-1/4-inch plywood
  • 2d box nails

Who Can Help

  • Build a Knickknack Shelf
  • How to Build a Knickknack Shelf
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About this Author

Michael Straessle has written professionally about the construction industry since 1988. Straessle has published three books, the latest of which is called “What a Strange Little Man.” His work has also appeared in various online publications. Straessle earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in professional/technical writing.

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