How to Make Wooden Brackets

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How to Make Wooden Brackets
Wooden brackets hold up book shelves. (shelves of library books image by nextrecord from

Wooden brackets can be used for a number of light shelving applications. Decorative wood shelving is accented nicely by wooden brackets. Wooden brackets are also used in furniture with fine scroll work. Wooden brackets can be purchased from a store. There are usually not many options for wood types or sizes with commercial wooden brackets. It is better to make custom wooden brackets for your woodworking project. You can use the same wood as the rest of the project and make the details and styling match with more success than anything sold at a store.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 1 1-by-8-by-8 inch hardwood board
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge
  • Band saw
  • Flexible curve drafting ruler
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Wood finish of your choice
  • 4 Wood screws
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Draw a line from one corner of the 1-by-8-by-8 inch hardwood board to another. Use a pencil and straight edge to draw the line. This will create two identical triangles on the board. These are the brackets.

  2. 2

    Saw the board along the pencil line to cut the two triangles out of the board. Use a band saw to cut the board. Create a graceful curve with the flexible curve drafting ruler. Place the curve on the edge that you just cut with the band saw. Trace along the curve with a pencil. Do this on each half of the board.

  3. 3

    Cut along the curved lines of the two boards with a band saw. Drill a hole one inch in from each point on the curved side of the brackets. Use a drill and 1/4-inch drill bit to drill the holes. These holes will be used to secure the brackets to the woodworking project.

  4. 4

    Sand the surfaces of the two brackets with 120-grit sandpaper. Apply a wood finish of your choice to the brackets. Allow the wood finish to dry before handling the brackets.

  5. 5

    Place the brackets in place on the woodworking project. Fasten the brackets to the project using wood screws and a screwdriver. Place the screws through the holes in each bracket and screw them into place.

Tips and warnings

  • Design the brackets so that they match the styling of the project to provide a seamless appearance to your woodworking project.
  • Wear eye protection when woodworking.
  • Follow tool safety precautions for safe operation of tools.

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