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The hexagonal shelf is a must in Scandinavian decoration. To decline in several copies and various colors.

Make hexagonal shelves with a pallet

Necessary material

  • 1 pallet board measuring 120 x 7.5 x 1.5 cm
  • 1 plywood board measuring 31 x 31 x 0.5 cm
  • 12 wood screws 4 x 40 mm
  • 12 wood screws 4 x 20 mm
  • 2 rings for heavy frames
  • a little acrylic paint
  • a little clear satin varnish

Manufacturing time: 1 day
Cost : 8 euros
Difficulty: way

Plan of this realization

Diagram of the hexagonal shelf


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Diagram to realize the hexagonal shelf

  • Cut 6 planks measuring 15 x 7 x 1.5 cm and cut their ends at a 30° bevel angle. (See diagram 1)
  • Plan the boards, then sand them with 50 grit sandpaper, then 120 grit.
  • Sand the face measuring 15 cm in length with 120 grit sandpaper.

Tips for Successful Pallet Cutting

  • Tips for cutting the end of a board at a 30° bevel angle: measure 15 cm and cut with a circular saw at an angle of 30° bevel. Flip the board, measure 15 cm and cut at a 30° bevel angle.
  • Tips for setting a circular saw: on certain miter saws, there is a 1 or 2 degree difference in cutting angles. It is therefore necessary to check. For this, draw on the edge of the board an angle of 30°. Cut a board in bevel with the miter saw set at 30°.
    Compare the two boards by superimposing them. If the two do not match, correct the inclination of the miter saw.

Assembling the sides of the hexagonal shelf

Assemble the shelf

  • Position two planks measuring 15 x 7.5 x 1.5 cm vertically on the worktop as shown in diagram 2 and hold them together with clamps.

Drill the shelf

  • Pre-drill the two boards with a 3 mm wood wick of diameter.
  • For this, the wood wick must follow the same angle as that formed by the boards.

Make a pre-hole

  • Make a pre-hole of a few millimeters with a wood drill 8 mm in diameter.
  • As before, the wood wick must follow the same angle as that formed by the boards.

Hexagonal shelf assembly

  • Assemble the two boards by screwing with 4 x 40 mm screws and pushing the screw head into the wood.

Assemble the hexagonal shelf

  • Assemble the other boards in the same way and position them as shown in Figure 2.

Finishes for the hexagonal shelf

Make the bottom of the hexagonal shelf

  • Block the assembly holes with wood pulp. Allow to dry, then sand with 120 grit sandpaper.
  • Place the hexagon on the plywood board and draw its outline, then cut with a jigsaw, a little wider than the plot.

Fix the plywood on the shelf

  • Pass two coats of paint inside the shelf and onto the plywood.
  • Allow to dry, then assemble the plywood to the back of the wooden hexagon by gluing and screwing with 4 x 20 mm screws.

Install fasteners to secure the shelf

  • Then sand the outside of the shelf to regularize the plywood and pass two coats of varnish.
  • Cut three pieces of 0.5 cm thick plywood into falls.
  • Stick them to the back of the shelf, two at the top and vis-à-vis, and one at the bottom.
  • Fix the rings on the two pieces glued at the top by screwing them with the screws provided with them.

This creation comes from the book Scandinavian style pallets from Beatrice d'Asciano to Rustica editions.

Cover of the book Palettes reclaimed Scandinavian style


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