Fast Fix: Bedrooms

How to Make Hexagonal Shelves

Build simple and stylish geometric shelves to create a rotating display of your favorite collectibles.

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Materials Needed:

  • 1x4 lumber
  • miter saw
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • rags or tack cloth
  • 18-gauge brad nailer
  • wood glue
  • Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic paint and primer in one (Pure Gold)
  • Rust-Oleum Universal paint and primer in one (Gloss White)
  • Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain (Kona)
  • sponge brush
  • surface protection

Cut the Lumber

Set miter saw at 30 degrees. Stand 1" x 4" vertically on the saw and make an initial cut at 30 degrees. Measure 8" from the outside corner of the cut and mark the top of the lumber there for the second cut (Image 1). Cut the 1" x 4" at the mark (again at 30 degrees). Repeat measuring and cutting as above until there are six pieces. Do a dry assembly to make sure everything lines up (Image 2).

Paint the Edges and Interior

Sand each piece lightly to remove any rough edges or imperfections. Remove the dust with a damp rag or tack cloth. Determine the desired colors for each side of the shelf pieces (minus the back edges) and label very lightly with a pencil accordingly. Line up the pieces and spray-paint the front edges according to the manufacturer's instructions. Separate the pieces and let dry. Lay the pieces flat in a row with the short side (what will be the shelf interior) up and paint/let dry as above.

Assemble and Stain the Shelf

Apply glue to the mitered edge of one piece. Hold the mitered corners of two pieces together and use three nails to secure them (Image 1). Repeat gluing and nailing until the hexagon is complete, removing excess glue with a damp cloth as needed. Note: If you use a dry cloth, the glue soaks into the wood grain. Later on, the wood won't take stain and it's a real pain to sand out. Carefully brush stain on the outside of the shelf (Image 2). Let it absorb into the wood grain for three to five minutes, and then remove the excess with a clean, dry rag. Let dry completely before hanging the geometric shelf.

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