How to Build a Crown Molding Shelf

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Crown moulding and some lumber can be turned in to a beautiful wall-mounted shelf that can be used for a variety of purposes. The process outlined in this article can be used to create crown moulding shelves of virtually any size, from small shelves to fit in tight spaces to larger shelves resembling a fireplace mantle.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Crown moulding
  • Tape measurer
  • Mitre box
  • Hand saw
  • Drill
  • Wood glue
  • Small screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood
  • Paint
  • Eye hooks

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  1. 1

    Cut the crown moulding into three pieces. The longest piece will be the front of the shelf. The two shorter pieces should be of equal length and will be the sides of the shelf.

  2. 2

    Mitre the ends of the crown moulding that will be joined to form the front corners of the shelf. They should be cut at a 45-degree angle.

  3. 3

    Predrill pilot holes for the screws that will hold the three pieces of moulding together. Use a small drill bit but remove enough wood to prevent splitting when the pieces are screwed together.

  4. 4

    Spread a thin layer of wood glue on both sides of the corner joints.

  5. 5

    Press and screw the front corner joints together.

  6. 6

    Measure the top of the crown moulding for the shelf top.

  7. 7

    Cut a piece of wood to the desired size of the shelf top.

  8. 8

    Drill small pilot holes for the screws.

  9. 9

    Apply a thin layer of wood glue to the top of the crown moulding and screw the shelf top down.

  10. 10

    Paint the finished shelf.

  11. 11

    Screw two eye hooks in to the back of the shelf for hanging.

Tips and warnings

  • The shelf can be larger than the underlying crown moulding. If you choose this style, remember to keep the back of the shelf flush with the back of the crown moulding for hanging purposes.
  • Always predrill screw holes to keep the wood from splitting.

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