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with Kyle Kwiatkowski
Online Class

Custom Built-In Shelves

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Dive into making built-in shelves alongside carpenter and instructor Kyle Kwiatkowski. In this woodworking class from Craftsy and Lowe's, you'll get step-by-step guidance for everything from surveying your space to installing your shelving. Start by learning to design shelving that's perfect for your space and needs. Then, select the best materials for your shelving and create cut lists to determine how much material you need. From there, you'll see how to fabricate your uprights and shelves, and assemble your shelving unit. You'll also get Kyle's expert instruction on properly installing your shelves to the wall, and creating a beautiful finished product with face frames and molding. Plus, you'll pick up professional tips for patching up holes and fixing any imperfections.


  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 1h26m

Included in this Class

1. Planning & Design

1. Planning & Design

Meet woodworking expert Kyle Kwiatkowski and get an overview of shelving construction. Then begin by surveying the space where you want to install your shelves. Understand the features and limitations and take measurements before beginning the design process.

2. Determining Materials & Cut List

2. Determining Materials & Cut List

Whether you're displaying feathers or bowling balls, you'll want to choose an appropriate material for your shelves. Kyle discusses products such as MDF, particle board and plywood and shares tips for planning your parts list and laying out the cuts with a minimum of waste.

3. Fabricating the Upright

3. Fabricating the Upright

Kyle discusses wall structure and the importance of researching appropriate fasteners. See how to cut your uprights with a table saw and miter saw (you can also use a circular saw), checking first to make sure your cuts are square. Trim the uprights with a router to accommodate a nailer strip.