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Try This: Scrap-Lumber Vanity Shelf

Turn scrap heap into bathroom chic



All pieces are cut from 1-x-6 inch scrap pine. BACK: 24 inches BOTTOM: 36 inches TOP: 36 inches The top has a 10-inch wide, 5/8-inch deep notch cut in the back edge for the mirror and a 2-inch hole drilled to accommodate a flower vase. DIVIDERS: 3 pieces, 4 inches each
Because the lumber was free scrap from a construction site, the only costs for this shelf were the round mirror ($18 custom cut at a local glass dealer) and about $2 for 12 finish nails and 6 wood screws. The shelf took about two hours to complete.
The first two dividers and the shelf back are placed 6 inches from each end. The next divider is another 6 inches in. The notch for the mirror is centered on the wider section, and the vase hole is centered in its 6-inch section.
Because the lumber was free scrap from a construction site, the only costs for this shelf were the round mirror ($18 custom cut at a local glass dealer) and about $2 for 12 finish nails and 6 wood screws. The shelf took about two hours to complete.
Put the shelf back in position and predrill the holes at each corner. Put glue (we used Titebond) along the edges of the shelf unit. Remember not to get glue into the notch for the mirror. Screw back into place. Let the glue dry before sanding lightly and rubbing or painting on the finish.
Drill the hole for the vase and jigsaw the notch for the mirror. Set the top and bottom of the shelf on edge, lining them up carefully about 4 inches apart. Place the two end dividers 6 inches from the ends as shown. Predrill four holes for each divider, then glue and nail them in place.
The notch holds the bottom of the mirror edge safely. The top leans gently against the wall.

















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