Build a Wall Shelf
A simple piece with sliding dovetails is a good excuse to make a versatile router jig
Synopsis: Peter Turner’s peg-hung wall shelf with curved rails on top and bottom is based on a Shaker example. This piece is easy to build quickly, but consistency is the key. The trickiest parts are the sliding dovetails that support the shelving; routing the grooves is easy, but the long tails on the ends of each shelf take some practice. The article shows step by step how the author builds the shelf and includes drawings of the design. A horizontal dovetailing fixture makes a difficult joint easy.
My wife, Colleen, occasionally asks me to build a piece of furniture for our home. I would love nothing more than to honor these requests, but there never seems to be time. But a hanging shelf is one project that I figured I could finish quickly.
I got the inspiration from a drawing of a peg-hung Shaker shelf in Ejner Handberg’s book,…