Hexagon Wall Shelves

Hexagon Wall Shelves

Since the bathroom remodel is done, it seems we are moving on to redecorate the master bedroom. These shelves were one of the first requests.

Hexagon Wall Shelves

I really love the look of these, but it was a lot of repetitive, production-style woodworking! They are pretty easy to make: the only potential tricky spot is making accurate 30 degree bevels. I use a digital angle finder for my table saw. They are inexpensive and quite accurate.

I began by cutting strips for all the sides. I used 1/2″ (12mm) plywood for these.

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Since the angle gauge is on the outside angle of the blade, I measured it to 60 degrees, the complementary angle to the 30 degree angle on the other side.

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Once all the sides were cut to size, I used my dado blades to notch out a rabbet along one edge of each board. It is 3/4″ (18mm) deep. This leave enough room for the 1/4″ (6mm) plywood back to be inset, allowing space for 1/2″ (12mm) french cleat hangers.

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I used duct tape to clamps the hexagons together. I lined up the six sides, and taped them together. The I flipped them over and applied glue in each of the v-shaped notches formed between each board.

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The I just folded it up into its final hexagon shape, adding more tape for extra clamping power.

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I traced out the shape of the back five times on a piece of 1/4″ plywood and cut these out on my bandsaw.

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Using spray adhesive, I pasted scrapbook pages to the hexagons. I glued and tacked these into the rabbets on the rear of each box.

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Once everything was dry and sanded smooth, I glued the boxes together and hung them on the wall using french cleats.

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