Making Wooden Wall Brackets: Project Info

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You can use a wall bracket to support anything from a shelf to a wall cabinet. Paul shows how he would make a bracket to be used with fine pieces of furniture. This includes houndstooth dovetails and angled mortise and tenons for increased strength.

The tools you will need are:

  • Knife
  • Square
  • Combination gauge (or marking gauge and mortise gauge)
  • Tape/Ruler (or both)
  • Sliding bevel
  • Dovetail template
  • Chisel hammer
  • Chisels (1/4′′, 3/8′′, 1/2′′, 3/4′′ and 1′′)
  • Hand router (see how to make a Poor­man’s Router here)
  • Smoothing plane (No 4)
  • Spokeshave
  • Tenon saw
  • Dovetail saw
  • Card scraper
  • Brace & bit and hand drill or drill driver
  • Square Awl

Joints List:

  • Houndstooth dovetail
  • Angled mortise and tenon


  1. caerlynnfibers on 10 June 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Great !!! That nearly is harpmaking!

  2. ehisey on 10 June 2016 at 4:16 pm

    And now we have the answer on hanging the the tool cabinet

  3. robinhc on 10 June 2016 at 5:18 pm

    I just finished a “stone” fireplace in my new house and next is the mantle project. a scaled down version of this could be just the thing I need.

  4. bensberg on 10 June 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Perfect thanks…just finishing up the tool cabinet so this will is great!

  5. STEVE MASSIE on 11 June 2016 at 11:39 am

    Very nice, I like that, looks like it will hold a lot of weight for sure.


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  7. SharpPencil on 17 June 2016 at 8:32 am

    I am so grateful to you Paul, I spend literally hours at my bench, never seeming to get round to making any of your superb pieces.

    My level of skill, with sharp tools, has increased far far beyond that prior to your teaching………I could go on but will just say again thank you.

    Regards John 2vices

  8. 5ivestring on 20 June 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Such a little project, BUT, one that I’m going to get a lot of use out of! My mom, 97, has a lot of tea cups and saucers that she has in a closet and wants on a wall. I really like learning all the different ways of joining wood.

    All your projects so far are things I’m working on or will be making for use in our house. Including all the different style tables. I’m totally fascinated with your teachings.

    So, big projects are cool, but little ones have their place in life too.

    Big thanks, Gary

  9. Chad Magiera on 23 June 2016 at 6:00 am

    Perfect project. Just in time to get the new hand-crank grinder station up and running. Thanks as always!

  10. Fernando Pinto on 25 April 2020 at 2:57 am

    The project is very cool. How to fix it on the wall?

    • Izzy Berger on 30 April 2020 at 4:18 pm


      Paul says:

      Use conventional methods such as wall bolts and plugs and recess the head and fill with matching wooden plugs.

      Kind Regards,

  11. shavitz on 24 November 2020 at 8:12 pm


    What should be the proportion between a wall bracket and the depth of any surface that it should hold? Or should I say will those brackets be enough for a 220mm by 80mm wood surface?

    Thank You!


    • Izzy Berger on 22 December 2020 at 9:21 am


      Paul says:
      These brackets are strong enough to hold just about anything, Shavit. The important element will be the anchorage to the wall.


  12. Nigel Richardson on 19 November 2021 at 6:38 am

    I really love the project. Excellent. If I wanted to slope that top piece down say 10 degrees to turn it into an awning for a doorway… what joint would you recommend to replace that dovetail? (I’m guessing the dovetail only really works for a right angle)… Possibly another mortise and tenon… ?

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