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How to Build Your Own Stylish Hexagon Shelf

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A hexagon shelf can hold anything from cell phones to succulents, and even better, it can be built from scrap wood. It’s a clever, stylish way to upcycle any wood that’s leftover from home repair projects, and just might save you a trip to IKEA (plus you’ll earn bragging rights).

What you’ll need

First, a few tools: A chop saw that can handle angled or miter cuts is preferred, but if you don’t have one of those, a miter box and hand saw can do the trick. You will also need a pencil, tape measure, some painter’s tape, sand paper, and some wood (obviously).

Choose your materials

Choose boards for the sides of your hexagon shelf—either new or reused—that are about 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch thick, and not more than 5 inches wide. (A 1×4 can be a good choice, but any dimensional lumber narrow enough to make your shelf is fine.) It’s a good idea to collect a little more than you think you’ll need in case of errors in cutting or irregularities in the boards.

Measure and cut

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Once you’ve chosen your lumber, measure out the six sides of your hexagon. First, decide on the length of your shelf: For something that hangs on the wall, it shouldn’t be more than 8 inches. (Keep in mind that if the inside measurement of your shelf is 8 inches, the outer measurement will be larger, as the thickness of the board will add to the total finished length.)

Then, cut the boards at a 30 degree angle on each of their narrowest edges. Find the 30 degree mark on your cutting tool and cut six pieces of wood of the same length, with 30 degree angles on each end.

Attach your pieces


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