Popular Mechanics (South Africa)
DIY with Kreg:
Easy steps to building a bathroom shelf.
EVER HEARD anyone say they’ve got too much storage space in their bathroom? No, thought not. To solve this problem, here’s a simple woodworking shelf project from Kreg, that includes a towel rail.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
» Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig » Mitre saw
» Tape measure
60 Kreg 32 mm fine-thread pocket-hole screws
16 Kreg wood pocket-hole plugs (we used cherry wood for our project)
4 #12 × 65 mm panhead stainless-steel screws 4 Auger-style wall anchors
1 13 mm × 900 mm aluminium rod or wood dowel 1 #0000 steel wool
1 Epoxy adhesive
4 19 × 38 × 2 400 mm board (we used cherry wood)
STEP 1: CUT THE WALL BRACE AND FRONT LEGS
Cut two wall braces and two front legs to size from a 19 × 38 mm board, as shown in the cutting diagram above. In the wall braces, drill two holes where shown for screws that will be used to mount the finished shelf on the wall. In the front legs, drill a hole for the aluminium rod that will serve as a towel bar.
STEP 2: MAKE THE SIDE RAILS
Cut four side rails to size from a 19 × 38 mm board, as shown in the cutting diagram. Then, with your Kreg PocketHole Jig set for 19 mm material, drill pocket holes in these pieces where shown.
STEP 3: CREATE SIDE ASSEMBLIES
Begin assembling the sides by assembling the side rails, front legs and wall braces, as shown, using 32 mm fine-thread Kreg Pocket-Hole Screws. Make sure the pocket holes on the side rails face to the inside. Plug the holes with glue and Kreg Pocket-Hole Plugs that match the type of wood you use for your project. Let the glue dry, and then sand the plugs flush.
STEP 4: MAKE THE SLATS
Cut ten slats and two back slats to length from 19 × 38 mm boards, as shown in the cutting diagram. With your jig set for 19 mm material, drill pocket holes where shown. Note that the 10 slats get two pocket holes on each end. The back slats only have one hole at each end.