Hi there everyone! Its me, Sara from Twelve On Main, and I am so very excited to be here with you today to show you how I made these amazing DIY large pallet planters.

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Now, you are in luck!  It has been years in the making to get these finished!  About 2 years ago, I asked my husband to make me two of these, and he balked at me.  He did not want to deal with the size, the pallets, or the odd angle I wanted them to be.  So, when he asked me what I wanted for my birthday, that year, I quickly said “I want those planters”.

And boy was it a birthday present!  And now, we are breaking down how we made them!  I decided I wanted one more planter so that I could put flank them on the sides of my garage doors.  So, I knew it was the perfect time to learn how to build them and get the secret to getting that awesome angle, all with re-purposed pallet pieces!

Now, I feel like I should give a bit of a disclaimer.  We do not like to buy brand new pieces of wood to build things if we don’t have to.  I love using what we have, re-purposing old pieces and using up stuff we already have.  What that means is that when I discuss the tutorial of how we built these large pallet planters, there will be many different options during the construction, we just chose to do it the way we like to.

The instructions for these large pallet planters is for ONE planter.  You can make as many as you want!

So, before I get to the list of things you need for this project, lets discuss the pallets.  If you have never dealt with pallets and wonder how you get all those pieces of wood off of them, then you are in the right place. The technique that we like to use is to remove them by cutting the nails between the top pallet wood pieces and the thicker center piece.

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You need to make sure you wear protective eye glasses!!  Those nails can be tricky!  We use our Reciprocating saw to make this super easy.  And when I say super easy, try disassembling these pallets any other way.  This will be the easiest way.  I was the one that took apart the pallets, so, if you are a petite woman, feel confident that you can do it too! Justin and Cassity use the same technique, so you can read more about choosing good pallet wood and watch their video demo here.

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How to Build a Large Pallet Planter

Click Here to Get a Printable Version of These Building Instructions

Now lets get down to what you need for this project:

  • 2 by 4 pieces of wood in 8 ft lengths (we will cut them to size)
  • Cordless drill/screwdriver/impact driver
  • 1 1/2 inch 2 inch, and 3 inch screws
  • Pneumatic brad nailer
  • air compressor
  • Miter saw
  • table saw
  • measuring tape
  • orbital sander
  • Reciprocating saw (to cut pallets)
  • Approximately 40 pallet pieces
  • Black plastic or landscape fabric

 

So, as we discussed, getting the pallets apart is the first step to making these pallet planters.  Once the pallets are disassembled, it is time to get started on the frame of the pallet planter.

You can adjust the size and dimensions of the planter to your own specifications. To make one the same size as ours, you will need to cut from the 2×4

  • 4 pieces at 26 inches long and at 5 degrees on both ends (sides)
  • 2 pieces at 20.5 inches long and 2 pieces inches at 17.5 and at 5 degrees on both ends(top)
  • 2 pieces at 14 1/2 inches long and 2 pieces at 11.5 inches and at 5 degrees on both ends (bottom pieces)

These will form the frame of the planter.

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You are essentially going to create a box, but I decided I wanted it to taper towards the bottom, hence the slight angle that the wood needs to be cut.

If you do not want the tapered look, you can easily built this with straight sides.  Just omit the angles.

Now, at this point you have 2 choices, you can use a Kreg Jig to secure the pieces together, or drill holes and screw them yourself.  We decided just to drill holes and screw them in and also use some blocks to secure the pieces together. Since you will not see this part of the planter when it is finished, it was not an issue I wanted to worry about.

Drilling holes will help prevent splitting in the wood, and make it easier to screw them together.

Start by assembling the frame.

We started by assembling 2 side pieces, using the longer of the top and bottom pieces:

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Now you will connect the two with the rest of the pieces you cut (the shorter pieces – it will be the same width due to the added width of the 2×4).  If you have someone there that can hold one side, it will make this so much easier.

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We drilled and screwed the bottom pieces into one of the preassembled sides, and then repeated that at the top.

Now flip that over and lay the other pre-assembled side on top.  You can easily screw this all together now.

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Now that the frame of the planter is assembled, it is time to create the pallet look on the outside.

Since there is a bit of a taper to the planter, it is best to start in the middle when installing the pallet pieces.

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We measured to the center of one side and marked it.  We then cut our first pallet piece to the right length, and predrilled and screwed the piece at the top and bottom into the frame.  Continue installing pieces of pallet to the side, until you get close to the edge.

The edge will prove a little more tricky.  You will need to cut the last piece on an angle so that it will follow the taper on the planter.

This is actually quite easy to do.  Simply lay the piece in place where it will be screwed on, and then trace from underneath along the frame, so that it follows the exact angle of the planter.

Now, take it to the table saw and cut along this line. It takes a bit of practice to get good at freehand cutting, but I promise it is not hard.

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Now install those edge pieces.

Do this same thing to all 4 sides of the planter.  It will be so exciting to see it take shape!

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Once all the sides are done, it it time to trim out the top, bottom, sides, and build those decorative X’s.

I started by stripping down some of the pallet pieces to 2 1/4 inch widths on the table saw.  You are probably going to end up using around 15 pieces total.  Make sure you use your protective glasses, since I sometimes hit a nail, and it went flying!

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The bottom and top will be installed first, cutting them at a 45 degree angle so that they are mitered at the corners.

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Depending on the thickness of the pallets you have been using, your measurements here may be different.  Just measure from end to end and cut them on a 45 degree angle.  Now, do the same to the top sides.  You will be adding a top piece to the very top to finish it off.  These will go along the sides of the top.  Line up these pieces with the top so that the top piece will lay flat.

Once the top and bottom are trimmed out, measure and cut the vertical trim pieces.  An easy way to figure out the angles here, is to hold the piece of trim up and trace the angle along the wood.

One thing we did here as well was to miter the long side with a 45 degree angle, so that the two pieces will miter at the corners.  It just looks better this way.  Repeat this to all 4 sides of the planter.

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Last, top the top off with a piece of trim. We did this last so that we had a more accurate measurement of the width of the top.

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Now, at this point it is looking pretty good!  But there’s more to go!  Lets add those X’s to the sides.

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We made these X pieces 1/4 inch thick, by 1 1/2 inches wide.  We simply cut some pallet down on the table saw.  Using the same method as with the corner pieces, cut one long piece that will lay at one angle, you can easily lay it against the planter to get the right angle to cut it.

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Next, you will need 2 pieces to finish of the other side of the X.

My husband is pretty smart and laid a piece of wood across the first side of the X that is installed and traced the places it needed to be cut, along with the angles they needed.

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Repeat this on all 4 sides of the planter.

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After this is all done, I like to give the edges and surfaces a quick sand, just to knock down any sharp and rough edges.  This planter is meant to showcase the texture and color of the pallets so we left them as untouched as possible.  You could definitely spend a lot of time sanding or planing them down to make them look more chic.

Now, you may be wondering…..what about the inside?  Its just a shell!  How do you plant something in that!  Well, we are not done.

This part was my genius husbands idea…..

Think about it.  If you filled this entire planter with dirt, you would never be able to move it!  It would be so heavy, and that is a lot of dirt!

So, this is what we did.

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We measured down to the halfway point inside the planter.  We then cut some 4 inch long blocks from left over 2 by 4’s and screwed them into the inside of the planter in all 4 corners.  Then you can take a piece of plywood or left over wood of any kind.  We used old melamine we had lying around.  Measure and cut it to the size you need to sit on top of those blocks.  Ours ended up being around 20 inches.

Now, screw the this piece into the blocks.

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You can now either waterproof or enclose this part of the planter.  We chose to use some rubber sheeting that we had, but black landscape plastic works great too.   We stapled this into place on the bottom and then added the sides.  We made it as tight as possible so that it would hold all the soil and water, but allow a bit of drainage.

Last is to plant your flowers, bushes, or whatever you choose!  I chose boxwood bushes because they just look so good!

I placed my planters in either sides of my garage doors.

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They really brighten up an otherwise ignored spot on our home.  I am now obsessed with this space!

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Since we only filled half of the planter with soil, it is still pretty easy to move these around.  I mean, its easier if my husband helps me, but I was able to move them all by myself!

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The rustic look of the pallet wood looks so good with the refined boxwood bushes.

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I just love the simple detail that pallet wood lends to a project.

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I am so very thrilled with this project.  I will not lie, it was a beast of a project, but it was so very worth it!

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What do you think?  Is this a project you would like to tackle?  I love them and can’t wait to build window boxes that match!

I would love it if you would stop by and check out some of my other DIY projects at my website, Twelve On Main.
Here are a few of my favorites:

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My Bleached Wood Barn Doors

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Farmhouse Laundry Room Reveal

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More DIY Large Planter Tutorials:

how to make your own tall concrete planter

one-board hexagon outdoor planterI love this patio hexagon planter made from a 2x8!

build a tall wooden planterBuild a Tall Wooden Planter |

 

 

 

Have you ever wanted a nice wood shop table saw workbench and a router table all in one?  Today I want to show you a table saw workbench that I designed to help bring some order to my little workshop. (Remember how we showed you the mess that we started with last week?)

To help organize this project of ours, we partnered up with Rockler Woodworking and Hardware.  They have so many good options for keeping a shop in order and many great tools for building projects.  We are excited to partner up with them for this very reason.  I will show you all the great tools that I have now because of them, and how it is making my garage shop experience so much better. You saw a sneak peek of this table last week, and  I am so excited to show you how I built the workbench in today’s post.

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I have always wanted to build a big table saw workbench.  It has been years in the making in my head and now finally coming true to life.  It is a large central table that I will use for almost everything.  The work table has the table saw and router table built in.  It would also include a vice and many options for clamping for working on projects.  It’s going to organize and store tools as well.  It is going to be AWESOME POSSUM!!!

The Design of the Table Saw Workbench

I really wanted the table to be multi functional and have many useful features.  I wanted it to be “pertty good looking” as well.  (Thanks Pedro!)  Chances are we will be filming lots of projects from this workbench.

The space where I wanted to keep it is big enough for a 4′ x 7′ workbench surface.   That is pretty big for a work bench.  You can do a lot on a large surface like that, and you can store a lot underneath it as well.

I did a bunch of research of what other people were doing and tried to create the best option for my needs.  Listed below are all of the features that I wanted the table saw workbench to have.

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Features of the Table Saw Workbench

  • Look amazing!!! That should be obvious right!
  • Sturdy and strong with a 1 1/2″ thick table top.
  • 3″ table top lip over hang for clamping to table
  • Caster wheels to move it around the shop and locking in place.
  • Built-in table saw with outfeed area.
  • Built-in router lift and router fence.
  • T-track system for clamping and building projects.
  • Bench vise for more clamping of projects.
  • Storage for tools with doors to keep the dust out.
  • Leg room when working at the bench sitting on a stool.
  • Place to store a bench or two when not in use.
  • Dust collection area for under the table saw.
  • Improved shop lighting when working on projects.
  • Comfortable floor mats for standing areas around the table and table saw.

It took about a three full days to build and finish it.  I am so pleased with how it turned out and how useful it has been so far. Here are some closeups of the table top features of the table saw workbench.

This is the awesome router table that I now have. It features a fence that slides back and forth in the T-Track and is easily removed for an entire table of flat surface to work on.

Router Lifter with Sliding Track on Rockler T-Tracks | DIY Router Table and Table Saw Workbench Building Plan #remodelaholic

A really big stop switch attached to the router for better safety while routing.

XL Router Stop Button for Safety | DIY Router Table and Table Saw Workbench Building Plan #remodelaholic

A sweet bench vise.

Built-in Bench Vise | DIY Router Table and Table Saw Workbench Building Plan #remodelaholic

Tons of room for using the T-Track clamping system with all the different ways to clamp projects.

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Lockable heavy duty casters.

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Bench storage and floor comfy floor mats.  Why not be comfortable in your work space right?

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Oh and this cord reel has been amazing to use.  It’s heavy duty and 30′ long.  It also locks in place if you only need ten feet.  It really cleans up the shop being able to retract a power cord back up in a nice neat reel.

Retractable Power Cord Storage | DIY Router Table and Table Saw Workbench Building Plan #remodelaholic

List of Products from Rockler.com Used in the Post

As we said, we love working with Rockler because of their amazing products! FYI these are affiliate links, which means if you click and purchase through these links, we receive a small commission that helps fun us creating new projects and videos like this —  I really love these products, so I highly recommend them!

Workbench

Clamps

Lighting

Floors

Power Cords

Dust Collection Hoses

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Build Your Own Table Saw Workbench

Now I will show you how to make your own.  Below you will find the plans, tools, materials, cut list and steps of how to make your own table saw workbench.  The only thing that might be different in your plans would be the type of table saw that you would use to build it in.  Mine was a fifteen-year-old Delta table saw.

You could even leave out the table saw and just build the table if you like.  There are many options here.

Click Here to Get a Printable Version of This Building Plan

Plan Dimensions

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Top View

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Front View

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Side View

 

Tools List

Here are the tools that I used to build the table.

  • Table saw
  • Circular saw
  • Plywood circular saw blade
  • Jig saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Drill
  • Router for T-Track tracks
  • Power chord
  • 3/4″ diameter router bit
  • Sockets for lag bolts
  • Sander
  • Sand paper 120 and 150
  • Brush for polyurethane
  • Rags for dusting
  • Pencil
  • tape measure

Workbench Materials List

Be sure to use cabinet grade plywood or better quality for flatness and select all your wood that is as straight as possible.

Cut List

  • (1) 78″ x 42″ x 3/4″ – Plywood Base
  • (6) 4×4 x 29″ – Legs 
  • (3) 2×4 x 35″ –  Short Support Beams
  • (2) 2×4 x 36 3/4″ – Long Support Beams
  • (1) 78″ x 29″ x 3/4″ –  Middle Plywood Partition
  • (2) 84″ x 48″ x  3/4″ – Plywood Workbench Top
  • (1) 40″ x 24 3/4″  x 3/4″ – Table Saw Shelf
  • (2) Varies depending on height of your saw- Table Saw Shelf Supports
  • (2) 12″ x 4″ x 3/4″ Bench Vise Blocks

Instructions to Build the Table Saw Workbench

Part 1: Build the Workbench Base

Cut the plywood base to length and width.  (78″ x 42″)

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Cut six 4×4 legs to length (29″).Step 1, DIY Router Table and Table Saw Workbench Building Plan | Free Printable Building Plans #remodelaholic

Cut two 2×4 short support beams to length and drill two pocket holes in ends (34″).Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 3

Assemble three leg assemblies of 4×4 and 2×4 support beams with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and set upside down.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 6

Attach the plywood base to leg assemblies with 1 1/4″ wood screws.  Keeping the legs square to the outside corners and centering the middle leg assembly to the plywood base.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 7

Attach four locking casters on the four corners through plywood base into 4×4 legs.  Predrill the holes to avoid splitting.  Attach two swivel casters in the middle.  Use four lag bolts per caster and add a lock washer and a washer to each lag bolt.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 9

Flip table over and attach long beam supports between leg assemblies with pocket screws.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 10I was able to clamp a block of wood under the long support to hold it flush with the top of the leg assemblies.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 11Here is how the supports look finished.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 13

Cut out and install middle plywood partition (78″ x 29″).Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 12

Cut out the top corners where the end beams and middle beams are with jig saw.  I cut them 1/8″ bigger than the 2×4 so I had enough room to get the partition in easier.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 14

Install middle plywood partition to the long support beams on the table saw side with 1 1/4″ wood screws.  Below I am screwing the partition in to the bottom of the table.  You will also be able to screw into the top support beam as well.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 17

Cut out plywood workbench top pieces and attach with screws (84″ x 48″).

Attach the first layer of plywood workbench top to the top of the legs and beams and screw in place with 1 1/4″ wood screws.  Be sure the center it with a 3″ overhang on all sides.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 18

Attach the second plywood workbench top the the top of the first plywood workbench top with wood screws from underneath.  (Be sure the keep screws out of the path of the router channels for the T-Track.)Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 19At this point the table is all built and ready to use.  I am taking it further though to add all the other goodies to it.

Part 2: Table Saw Hole and Shelf Preparation, Miter Lift Preparation

Cut out table saw hole with circular saw and jig saw.  Measure out the size of your table saw top and cut it to fit that size.

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Cut out and build table saw shelf 

Cut table saw shelf to length and width (40″ x 24 3/4″).

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Cut out corners to wrap around the legs.  Add 1/8″ to the leg thickness of 3 1/2″, to give room to install it without being too tight.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 23

Cut out table saw shelf supports.

Assemble shelf and supports with screws.  I used these awesome corner clamping jigs for holding the supports in place while I screwed them together with 1 1/4″ wood screws.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 24

Cut out hole for table saw dust to fall into.  This hole is 3/4″ smaller than the base of the table saw.  That way the table saw still has something to sit on.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 27

Attach shelf to table with 1 1/4″ wood screws.  I jacked up the shelf and clamped it in place so I could screw it in underneath.  I also squared it off and screwed it in through the partition.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 29

Rout out miter gauge outfeed channel in workbench top.  Rout it long enough to get the miter past the blade of the table saw.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 33

Part 3: T-Track Preparation and Installation

Route out T-Track channels over the entire table at 3/8″ deep.  You want the channels to be deep enough to keep the top of the T-Track flush or just below the surface of the table top. See top view of table for layout of channels.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 35This is where the T-Track intersections will go.
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Router Lift Preparation

Cut out router lift hole with router at the depth of the lift plate.  Just slightly bigger than 3/8″ deep.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 36 Start routing in the middle and work your way around in circles until you get to the edges.  At the edges I clamped down wood as bumpers to keep my lines nice and square.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 37

Sand and polyurethane table top.  I sanded with 120 grit sand paper.  I also rounded all the corners by hand so they wouldn’t be so sharp.  On the outside edges I used an orbital sander to remove all the print on the boards and level the two top layers together.  Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 41After I sanded I brushed in four layers of scratch resistant polyurethane.  I also sanded with 150 grit sand paper between coats.  I wanted it to be a really nice smooth surface.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 42

Now it’s time to install the T-Track.  I started with the intersections then cut the T-Track to length with a metal blade on the jig saw.  this part was fu because it was all coming together.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 43

Part 4: Table Saw Installation

Level the table saw with shims.  I gave myself some wiggle room to be able to shim it up to the right height of the table top.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 46 I got it nice and flush with the top.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 32

Part 5: Router Lift Installation

Install router lift adjustment screws.  I installed four of these adjustable screws around each corner of the router lift for fine tuning the lift to the table.  I had to go to the hardware store and pick these up.  Once these are installed, all you need to do with this screw is reach under the table to level out the router lift flush with the top of the table.   You should only have to do this once when you first install the lift.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 48Here is a picture of the screws and how they are installed.  Drill a hole for the nut and screw it in with an Allen wrench.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 60 Then reach under and make the fine tunes adjustments to the level of the lift.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 61This is a longer version of the two screws that came with the lift.  Because the table was 1 1/2″ thick, the screw that came with the lift was too short.  I added the nut to a longer screw that matched.  The nut gets hammered into the bottom of the table, so it would clamp the lift on really tight.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 49This is how it ended up.   Nice and flush.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 50

Part 6: Bench Vise and Bench Vise Block Installation

Install vice with 1 1/4″ wood screws to the base of the workbench table top.  I clamped the vise in place and pre-drilled the holes to make it easier to screw in. Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 54

Build a block for the the vise.  Cut out two blocks of wood at (12″ x 4″).  Glue them together.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 51  Drill three holes for the three bars of the vise to slide through.  Sand and polyurethane the block.Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 52

Remove the two big nuts at the end of the vise.  Install the block of wood you just made over the three bars of the vise.  Align the block with the top of the table then screw in four big 1 1/4″ wood screws through the black metal vise into the block of wood to hold it in place.  Table Saw Workbench @Remodelaholic 53

Whow! That was a lot of work…  But the thing is, it’s done and ready to use.  I plan on this table lasting FOREVER!

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Now I need to take the time to find out what tools go where and customize the spaces under the table for them.   I also have plans to build the doors like I mentioned in the design.  I will have to let you know how that goes in the near future.

Thanks for reading this post and stay tuned for more shop updates.

Let me know if you have any good suggestions about how you organize your shop and what has been working well.  I would love to hear your feedback!

Hello Remodelaholic readers! This is Ananda from A Piece of Rainbow, where I blog about creative home and garden DIY projects. Today we are going to build something super pretty, useful, and beginner friendly!

Ready? Here’s our easy DIY wall hanging wood shelf, which can be made in just one hour.

How to Make an Easy Wall Shelf


It is great for organizing any space in your home. In fact, I am going to show you two ways to use it!

Let get building!

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Materials and tools:

  • wood: (1) 2×6 , (1) 1×8, both at 24″ long. You can also adjust the length to fit your space.
  • knobs or hangers: I used 1.25″ diameter wooden knobs here.
  • (2) keyhole hangers, 1.5″ pocket hole screws
  • pocket hole jig, drill
  • optional: paint or stain with your choice of colors

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Step 1:

If you need to cut the wood to length, sand all cut edges first.

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Drill 2 pocket holes into the 2×6, space them at about 18″ apart.

Step 2:

Mark the locations of the 3 knobs. Ours are equally spaced at 9″ apart. Drill 3 hole for the knob screws to go through.

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If the screws are too short, counter-sink the holes so the screws can reach through from the back, and past the front surface by about 1/2″ at least.

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Step 3:

If you want to paint any wood pieces or knobs, right now is a good time to do it.

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The 1×8 we have was from an old piece of shelving which was already painted white.

I decided to paint the knobs a mint color which looks really pretty against natural wood. It’s the same color I used in this DIY wood planter boxes tutorial below:

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Attach two keyhole hangers to the 2×6 piece using 1/2″ screws, space them at 16″ to 18″ apart, centered on the 2×6.

This is the back side of the shelf.

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Step 4:

Attach the 2×6 to the 1×8 using 1.5″ pocket hole screws.

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Our shelf is almost complete! Just add the three knobs as shown below.

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Really easy isn’t it?  To install the shelf on the wall, use dry wall screws or regular wood screws if screwing into studs. Space the screws the same distance as the hangers, check that they are level.

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Line everything up and put the hangers over the screws. Now we can use our new shelf!

It would be great as a shelf by the entry or in a mudroom.

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Here’s another use for our shelf:  as a bath room shelf!

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Here’s another idea for the wood knobs: turn them into Anthropologie style designer knobs in 5 minutes! Tutorial here. Or create a whitewashed wood finish ( tutorial here) for your wood shelf.

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Another helpful tip for your wall hanging shelf:

If it does not sit flush on the wall due to the thickness of the keyhole hangers, add a sticky felt pad ( those you use to protect wood floors from furniture legs scratch) like in photo below!

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How would you use this shelf? Share with us on facebook and instagram, we would love to see it!

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