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

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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