Decorative plates need to be displayed and not left stacked up in a cabinet. With this quick and easy shelf, you will be able to show off all your special plates. Using crown moulding as a base, make them as fancy as you like and then paint or stain them to match your decor. Make a few and put them in different locations around your home.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- 1-by-12 wood board
- Crown moulding
- Pin nailer
- Wood glue
- Paint or stain
- Wall hanging hardware
Cut your board to the length you desire. Measure the width of two or three plates and add a few inches for spacing.
Measure in from the front of the board 6 inches and mark a straight line across with a pencil. Mark in from each side 1/4 inch with the pencil--you don't want to cut the slot all the way to the ends. Using a router, make a slot for the plate edges to sit in. It should be at least 1/4 inch by 1/4 inch.
Change the router bit and make a decorative edge on the front and sides of the board. Sand the edges to give it a nice smooth finish. Set aside.
Cut the front and side pieces of the crown moulding 1/2 inch shorter than you made the shelf. Mitre the edges to form the moulding into a base for the shelf. You will need two outside corners and an angle against the wall. Put a bead of carpenter's glue on the corners and fit together. Then pin-nail the corners for strength.
Measure the inside measurement of the small opening of the crown moulding base. Cut a piece of wood to fit. Place a bead of glue around the edge of the board and then pin-nail the board in.
Put a bead of glue around the top edges of the large opening and set the shelf on top. Make sure your slot is facing up. Pin-nail the shelf onto the moulding.
Paint or stain your self and allow to dry. Attach wall hangers to the back of the shelf and you're ready to display your plates.