Leaning Wall Shelves Part 7: Attaching the shelves

By Pinktoesandpowertools | Woodworking Tutorials

Attaching leaning wall shelves with a countersink bit and level

The next step in building leaning wall shelves is to attach the shelves to the supports.  One way to do this is with a countersink bit and this is the method that I chose.

It was an adventure to find a countersink bit.  I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I couldn’t find them anywhere.  I even asked for help and the employee didn’t know what I was talking about!  If you have never used a countersink bit and you don’t want to have to stumble your way through trying to find one, here’s something I wrote up about countersink bits.  Now you can avoid walking around your hardware store looking lost until someone takes pity on you.  You’re welcome.

Onto the reason we need a countersink bit.

Level your shelf

Basically you need to push the shelf back to the wall, and then level your shelf and make it stay that way by screwing through the leg into the shelf like so:

Attaching the leaning wall shelves, first level your shelf

Drill a pilot hole with a countersink bit

You use the countersink bit to make a pilot hole so that you can easily screw your 1 1/4″ wood screws into your project without stripping the screws and cursing.  And the countersinking part of the bit lets the head of the screw land below the surface of the wood so you can hide it.

After leveling your leaning wall shelf, countersink the screws

Notice how the screws are below the surface of the wood?  That’s what countersinking does for you.

Flip the shelf over and attach some screws through the bottom of the shelf supports into the shelves.

I then put wood putty into the holes I created with the screws.  LESSON: always read the label when you are unfamiliar with a process.  I bought wood PUTTY.  This product is not sandable and never dries.  What the purpose is for this stuff, I cannot fathom, but I have said over and over that I am new to building.  When I went back to sand and it was still a play dough consistency, THEN I read the package.  From now on I will read the labels at the store for building products I have never bought before.

After removing the wood PUTTY with a toothpick, I then used some wood FILLER recommended by the Woodcraft store where I purchased my stain and poly.

Timber Mate wood filler

I overfilled the holes, let it dry, and sanded them even.

I’m excited to get some stain on these and see what the final result will be!

Have you ever been clueless about a product you needed for a DIY project?  I have been more times than I can count, and most of them have been documented on this blog!  Two in this post alone!  Tell me about your experience (or lack of) in the comments–certainly you can’t top my wood putty episode 🙂