Build a Shelf Using Only a jig saw and a drill

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We show you how to make your own furniture with having only basic tools and skills.

You don't any fancy tools to make this wall shelf. The only tools you need are a saw, a drill and the painting equipment. 


3 of 1200 x 300 mm and 3 of 800 x 200 mm laminated pine for the shelves

Painting materials and supplies

2 of Keyhole brackets

and 16 mm screws



Jigsaw plus clean-cutting blade

Tape measure and pencil



1 Cut or have cut to length the laminated pine shelves. The measures will be 3 of 800 x 200 and 3 of 1200 x 300 mm.

2 Use a jigsaw to cut out the slots as shown in the diagrams above, and also a 40 mm long rebate for mounting the keyhole hangers at the back of [2] uprights.

GOOD TO KNOW: For perfect straight lines use a steel ruler to draw out the cut lines.

3 Assemble the screws for the corroborating the shelf to the wall using a drill.

4. Before assembly, take the time to sand all the boards and cut edges nice and smooth.


4. If you are painting the horizontal boards as we did for our shelf, do this now.

GOOD TO KNOW: If painting the shelves, apply as many coats of paint as you need but be sure to allow drying time between each coat.

5. Slot the uprights into the shelves. If necessary, tap gently with a rubber mallet to lock the pieces together.