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Table Top Display Shelves

Table Top Display Shelves

how to make table top shelves

Watch this video to see how to make table top shelves for a craft fair vendor. You can download plans below too.

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Video transcript

I’m just about to make some shelves for a craft vendor. I know the size of the table and roughly the size of the items that the vendor is going to use.

I have the vision in my head and I can map it out in one-to-one full-scale on this piece of plywood here on the corner.

I’m going to use this material one by two pine, just a real common kind of utility board that you can buy at Home Depot or wherever for a couple bucks for eight foot long pieces.


Check this out.

Have a look at my life-size mock-up right here. So this is going to be the back of the shelf. This is going to be an angled front leg of the shelf. And then these are going to be the actual shelf boards, with little spaces in between them and the second shelf here.

And one thing on the top that I can put little hooks in and hang small items. And then it will be open on the bottom. So you could put some items out here. stack them in The actual table is going to be about 30 inches wide coming up to about here. This is 20 and this is 30 tall.

So actually I want to make two of these shelves

I want to cut these angle piece.


Oh, I know what the angle of this is.

Sweet miter saw. I believe it’s about 33, between 33 and 34 degrees. safely

Oh, that looks pretty nice.

That’s one of those.

Cool That’s some cutoffs on those angled pieces. Put the angle here on my template. I’m not even taking measurements for these that’s marked fat right there. And then cut four of these.

Now the next shelf here, dummy in and out. Like I said, one to one life-size mark up here

reduces the need for measurements and drafting and SketchUp and whatever.

Yes. Three pointer. now I want to cut these little pieces that are going to go to make the shelves and a little backside of the shells. I’m going to make those two feet long.

And two will be a little longer. You’ll see why it will be actually inch and a half long here. So we’ve got nine pieces at 24 inches, each two pieces at 25 and a half each. Because those were the longer pieces will be the pieces that go on the back side. Since I already got this full size one-to-one template already made pretty easy for me to then turn this into a gym like this so that I can just set the pieces in there. Up against these will be stops, what I’m putting here now,

and then it’ll make the assembly real fast, almost like factory style,

got the trustee all tight bond 2 inch and a quarter nails I have a glue on here

anyway, put this on here, have a clue.

That’s where the jig is real nice. You push the pieces together and get them to line up rather than like I, no, is it, they all lined up and are they all square?

I’m here.

I ended up with no marks.

One done

other one

Actually I need some left and rights anyway, so this is how I’m going to do the left and rights, it’s so you’re here.


kind of up like this. I have a left and a right Now my pieces in. Something like this, that

I’ll put one on the backside and one. tap this one Maybe in the future, I’ll try and make folding ones, but it’s going to make more planning. It’s too much work I just want to like, knock it out quickly.

Yeah, check it out.

And Polycrylic good stuff. It’s a nice, clear, clear finish.

Looking good.


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