How to Build a Rustic Coffee Shelf

2017-01-07T20:10:12+00:00 November 16th, 2015|Kitchen, Popular, Shelving, Videos|1 Comment

I don’t get a lot of time. But when my daughters nap times sync up I can usually get some THINGS done. Today I wanted to build a rustic coffee shelf. But here’s the thing…if I used my power tools the girls would have woken up! So this was made ENTIRELY using hand tools. Oh and by the way…I’m TERRIBLE with hand tools…

color_trafficDifficulty:
Beginner
color_clockTime Required:
Weekend
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Under $50
blue_scissorsMaterial Cut List:
Shelf Back:
4 boards @ 14-1/4″
Shelves:
2 boards @ 14″
End Pieces:
2 boards w/arc

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The coffee shelf is 14″ wide and 14-1/4″ high. It has (2) 14″ long shelves to hold coasters, coffee, sugar and mugs. The shelf also has (3) hooks mounted on the bottom for another set of mugs.

I grabbed a handful of scrap wood boards and will be joining them later on. But first things first! Grab a tape measure and mark out 14-1/4″. Carry your mark end to end with a combination square.

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Using an $18 Ryoba hand saw and a clamp, I made all of the necessary cuts.

PRO TIP! It’s always better to cut just slightly outside of your line. This way you can chisel or use a hand sander to give you a nice straight, flat edge. If you go over the line it’s GAME OVER! You’ll never get that material back! Just sad memories of the wood that got away…

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Not bad…THIS TIME! I found that if I stay away from the line a bit I can…

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Chisel away the excess wood.

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Here I’m measuring where the two shelves will be positioned and making a mark. Put a mark at 4″ down, 3/4″, 4″ from there and another 3/4″. (3/4″ because the wood is 3/4″ thick).

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I made my own stain…like EIGHT months ago. It smells very, very bad.

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Steel wool and vinegar stain goes on fairly clear, but…

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After sitting for a while it transforms into something terribly rustic! Like your life on drugs!

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I found these coasters at walmart for $8. Every coffee shelf needs coasters.

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But someone needs to explain to me why there are horses on my coaster box! Horse lovers put horses on everything, I swear!

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I found this SWEET susan g komen tape measure at lowes. It’s my new jam.

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I’m using my sanding block with 80 grit paper to sand down the shelves.

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I like to take the sanding block on a 45 degree angle and sand the edges down a bit. Makes it look less garage-built…maybe? I’m going for that refined made in China look.

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Wood glue.

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I did this for each piece.

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I used a framers square to check to see if…things were square!

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Wipe any excess glue using a wet paper towel/rag/tissue you’ve been crying on because you’re bad at using hand tools.

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I always run out of clamps! If you don’t have clamps, be creative…

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Use what you have!

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Set your Kreg Jig to accommodate 3/4″ material and pre-drill (3) holes on the underside of both 14″ boards.

Before gluing, let’s measure where the two shelves will be positioned. Put a mark at 4″ down, 3/4″, 4″ from there and another 3/4″. (3/4″ because the wood is 3/4″ thick).
Apply glue to the backside of the (2) 14″ boards and attach them using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

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Here’s a close-up.

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Because the material is 3/4″ thick, use 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

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One down, one to go!

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Using the marks from earlier I laid out the second shelf.

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I didn’t have to, but I used wood filler to fill in the holes. I know, I’m an overachiever.

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Found these sweet hooks at Lowes for less than $2 each…

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I attached them 2″ from the top shelf and 2″ from each side and centered the middle one.

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NICE HOOKS BRO!

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After looking at the shelf, it needed a little something something…

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But what?

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I’m making a little decorative end-piece for the top shelf!

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Using a coping saw and a clamp I did my best.

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Not bad, needs major sanding though!

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Use the fresh cut piece as a template for the next one…

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Yes, I’m using my glue bottle to sand the inside of this semi circle…

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Glue both sides of your beautiful side-piece accent thing

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If you’ve got clamps, clamp! If not, hold the end pieces there for a while!

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Be sure to use a level when you hang coffee shelves!

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I always like to get at least one screw into a stud, then use a heavy duty wall anchor for the other side.

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Cinnamon…

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Sugar…

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Nutmeg…

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I use none of these in my coffee. Because I like COFFEE! But they look TRENDY. And we agreed earlier that trendy = good. SO…

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There’s our rustic coffee shelf. I say “our” because we’re pretty much best friends now after all this time spent together.

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This MAY look good in a kitchen environment, but I think it looks BETTER in my workshop.

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I don’t even know what nutmeg is…

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And that’s a wrap! If you’re digging what I’m planting, check out my youtube channel: www.youtube.com/c/DIYwithRick

Thanks for reading!

One Comment

  1. Peter Loeffelbein May 25, 2018 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Nice project

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