How to Make Wood Corner Shelves


Decorators often find it difficult to utilize the corners of a room. Plants and small stands work well. Wood corner shelves also offer another attractive alternative, especially if you purchase wood that goes well with the decor. Corner shelves placed above a small cabinet help fill empty corner space, and they help organize small knickknacks without being obtrusive. You can make wood corner shelves by following a few simple steps.


Step 1

Cut each plank in half diagonally using the portable circular saw. This will provide two triangular shelves. When cutting the plank, clamp it firmly in the wood clamp.

Step 2

Clamp the shelves. Router the longest edge of each shelf using the bell-shaped router bit. The flat edges will butt flush against the corner of your wall.

Step 3

Apply one coat of polyurethane. Allow both shelves to dry 24 hours.

Step 4

Sand each shelf. Use the compressed air to blow away all dust particles.

Step 5

Apply a second coat of polyurethane. Allow both shelves to dry 24 hours.

Step 6

Connect two shelf brackets to the bottom of each shelf using the shelf bracket screws. When tightening the screws, make them snug. Do not over-tighten, or the screws will strip the wood and slip free.

Tips and Warnings

  • Secure wood with clamps when cutting or routing it. The saw blade or router bit can catch the wood and spin it, causing an unsafe work environment.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 inch x 12 inch wood plank
  • Portable circular saw
  • Router
  • Wood clamp
  • Bell-shaped router bit
  • 4 shelf brackets
  • 8 shelf bracket screws
  • Screwdriver
  • 16 oz. can of polyurethane
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Safety goggles
  • Earplugs
  • Can of compressed air


  • Home-Shelving Guide
  • Woodworking Corner
  • "Shelves and Bookcases: Pro Tips and Simple Steps;" Stanley Books and Ken Sidey; 2002

Who Can Help

  • Buy Wood Corner Shelves
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About this Author

Randal Thomas has been completing woodworking, gardening and DIY projects for over a quarter-century. A writer of career-related articles since 2003, Thomas received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Missouri. He has over 10 years in printing and publishing and is currently working on several independent writing projects.

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