Plate shelves are a decorative way to show off your collector plates or the plates your grandmother gave you. When making a plate shelf, you can use as many of the details as you like, or you can keep it very clean for a more contemporary look.
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Things you need
- Crown molding
- Small railing
- Wood glue
- Paint or stain
Determine how long and wide you want your plate shelf to be and cut a rectangular piece of wood to that size.
Cut a trench where the plate can sit using your router saw. Center the trench on the plate shelf, and end the cut about a 1/4 inch before either edge of the shelf.
Create a base around the bottom of the shelf using crown molding. Build it up elaborately or keep it as simple as your style dictates.
Paint or stain each individual piece of your shelf, as it's easier to do this now than it is when the piece is fully assembled.
Use wood glue and screws to assemble the base to the shelf and to add the railing.
Cover the screws with wood putty and touch up the paint or stain if needed.
Drill through the back of the base and into the wall to secure your plate shelf. Make sure the shelf is level. Drill into a stud or use wall anchors so your plate shelf doesn't come loose and fall.