Left over plywood is a situation in every construction site, even when you get small pieces of furniture made, there is always some left over ply that is considered waste and dumped in trash. While I need to think of what to make with small bit, slightly big pieces can be put to use immediately. Here is a quick, easy and cost effective way of adding a shelf to your wall with your left over plywood.
What you will need?
- Left over 19mm plywood piece
- Wood primer
- Enamel paint
- A 2 inch brush
- Metal wall brackets, a pair
How to do it?
- If you have odd shaped piece, get your carpenter to cut it onto shelf sized pieces. 3 ft long by 6 to 8 inches wide is a good size for a single shelf to support on 2 brackets. If you want to have a longer shelf, increase the number of brackets to 3 to support the weight of the things that will go on the shelf.
- Make sure there are no sharp edges on the plywood. Apply a coat of wood primer to all sides and edges of the plywood. Let it dry for a couple of hours.
- Now the piece is ready to be painted in whatever color you want. I used water based enamel in white, coz the things that go on the shelf would be bright colored.
- I used a brush to paint 2 coats of paint, with an interval of an hour in between and let it dry for another hour before they were put up.
- I am used to doing my own drilling and installing screws, if you are not, you can take the help of a carpenter. I mounted the 2 brackets on the wall, placed the shelf on them and fixed the shelf them to the bracket with screws.
You can used this DIY to make a large size wall mounted table too. Just use bigger brackets and a big size plywood piece. You can easily get a 2 x 4 ft wall mounted table with 3 brackets for support.