Hanging Wall Shelf

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This hanging wall shelf is a great starter project which will teach you the importance of accuracy. The joinery has a twist on the classic joints which include the stopped housing dado and the stub mortise and tenon. Whether you choose to use it as a spice rack for the kitchen, a trophy display for the living room or even a cosmetics storage for the bathroom, this project is a great addition to any home.

Tool List

Arch PDF:

Joints List

  • Stopped Housing Dado
  • Stopped Stepped Housing Dado
  • Through Mortise and Tenon
  • Stub Mortise and Tenon

Cutting List

DescriptionImperial SizeMetric
Top and Bottom16″ x 4 ½” x ¾”406mm x 114mm x 19mm
Sides x 222″ x 3 ¾” X ¾”558mm x 95mm x 19mm
Middle Shelf13 ½” x 3 ¾”” x ¾”340mm x 95mm x 19mm
Top Rail*13 ½” x 2″ x ¾”343mm x 51mm x 19mm
Middle Arch Rail*15 ½” x 2″ x ¾”394mm x 51mm x 19mm

*Leave these slightly long as we cut these to exact length later in the project


  1. Hugo Baillargeon on 14 December 2018 at 11:56 am

    So happy ! I am actually in the dado dilemma for the bottom of a tool tote. And not sure how to do it .
    Thank you

  2. Harold Blair on 14 December 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Good to see “an old friend” show up. I recall building this piece in one of your classes in Texas more than 20 years ago. You continue to provide an invaluable service which will endure for generations. Thanks again!

    • Dave Quinn on 14 December 2018 at 3:16 pm

      Cant wait to get started on this shelf been watching out for it lol..
      Going to test me out with this one hopefully ill master it..
      Thank you Paul again for all you’ve done and your crew..
      Happy Christmas n New year from Ireland ☘🎄

  3. Brian Miller on 14 December 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Excellent. My floor space is all used up. I am currently looking at any and all ideas for wall cabinets and shelving to de-clutter my horizontal surfaces in my small home. Thanks!

  4. John Purser on 14 December 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Perfect timing! My health has finally recovered to the point where I can get back out to my shop and I really want to make that bookshelf project from January 2014. I was looking for some smaller projects to get my hand and eye back in practice and this looks just right!


  5. David Haggard on 14 December 2018 at 3:41 pm

    This looks like an excellent project can’t wait to watch videos and build one.
    Thank you.

  6. Simon Gough on 14 December 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Good timing, I am hoping for some tools to show up under the tree so I can start woodworking next year as an absolute beginner.

  7. robertparsons81 on 14 December 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Great to see this project,looking forward to making it? Many thanks to you and the team hope you all have a Great Christmas

  8. redwood on 14 December 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks guys. All the best.

  9. Paul Klinkenborg on 14 December 2018 at 7:10 pm

    How do I view the hanging wall shelf video?

  10. willyd57 on 15 December 2018 at 3:11 am

    Nice shelf. I have been following Paul long enough to simply look at the photo of this project and go build it. No video required.

    • philvogt on 19 December 2018 at 10:57 pm

      Yep, totally agree. I have learnt so much from Paul, and enjoy watching him work very much, but this is nothing new. At least for those that have been watching since his ‘early days’ on YouTube.

      Still,I know I’ll enjoy seeing it getting put together.

      Personally I’d love to see how to build a bespoke kitchen from the ground up. I’ve bought lots of books on the subject but they’re all coming from the perspective of ‘machine’ built cabinets, and not so much from the hand built ‘top end’ perspective.

  11. Stefaan Verweirder on 16 December 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Cant wait.

  12. Wayne Taylor on 16 December 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Haven’t done one of your projects yet, although a long time admirer of you craftsmanship, Mr Sellers. This one will be my first.

    My wife and I watch your videos at bedtime. My wife says your voice is soothing and helps her to fall asleep. Yes, that is meant as a compliment.

    • zacariah on 19 December 2018 at 12:39 pm

      I fall asleep most nights watching Mr Sellers videos, it’s great.

      • Lynch Allison on 21 December 2018 at 2:05 pm

        Glad I’m not the only one… It isn’t that the videos are not engaging, it is the serene pace at which Paul presents the steps and teaches the techniques. Perhaps some day I’ll be skilled enough to bring that level of serenity into the shop while I’m working…

        Thank you for your wonderful lessons, Paul, and Merry Christmas!

    • Steve Hiemstra on 15 March 2019 at 5:36 pm

      I too fall am soothed to sleep like a baby whenever listening to Paul. Makes finding time to watch the videos difficult!

  13. Ramon Cabrera on 16 December 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Happy Holidays everyone…

  14. Neil Pettitt on 18 December 2018 at 8:02 am

    Looking forward to the stopped dado.

  15. bobleistner on 20 December 2018 at 6:33 pm

    I was excited when I first saw this shelf. I thought it had a taper from top to bottom.Would like to see this with the taper to see how to tackle angled dadoes and tenons.

    • Gavin Willis on 26 December 2018 at 9:02 pm

      I started watching the step ladder video the other day and that has a taper with dadoes and tenons for the steps/treads. If you’re a paid member you may want to take a look at that.

  16. FrankM on 21 December 2018 at 6:51 pm

    May I ask how you propose to hang this on a wall?

  17. Danny Marchese on 26 December 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks Paul for everything you do for us woodworkers….. Happy Holidays Everybody!

  18. Paul Rowell on 29 December 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Spam alert @admin

  19. Samuel Gregoire on 31 December 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Peoples are still making things mr Sellers ! Your an amazing teacher ! Thanks for everything!

  20. Mike Griffin on 1 October 2019 at 3:57 pm

    I have built 3 (1 pine and 2 poplar) of these now as gifts and folks keep asking for more. Wonderful project for learning joinery from Paul with simple tools. He emphasizes as always enjoying the process and this is a wonderful project that you can build with small amounts of wood.

  21. Mark68 on 15 January 2020 at 6:13 pm

    On the first page of the technical drawing, the sides are said to be 21.5″ long and that’s what I cut mine to. Later I find page 2 of the technical drawing says 22″, as does the Cutting List above.

    Is this an error or am I reading something wrong?

    • Izzy Berger on 17 January 2020 at 2:01 pm

      Hi Mark,

      I passed your question on to Paul and he said:

      The housing dadoes are ¼” deep top and bottom, the measurement you’ve gone from is the distance between the top and bottom with no allowance for the extra ½” needed. Not to worry, it will just make your project ½” shorter.

      Kind Regards,

  22. Mark68 on 17 January 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Ok, thanks for the reply Izzy. I appreciate it.

  23. Steve Hiemstra on 26 September 2022 at 1:23 am

    I finally hung this shelf up tonight. Yeeehaw! Great project.

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