Build a Quotation Mark Shelf

Download our free pattern and follow the instructions to build a quotation mark shelf.

Add a bit of quirk to your style with this fun DIY quotation mark shelf. Whether you're a lover of words or the parent to a child who can't stop gabbing, this unique shelf is the perfect way to make a subtle nod to your personality. This weekend project looks great in an office or bedroom and gives an appropriate space for your favorite reads and artwork. Check out our easy steps below to learn how to make your own. 

Download the free pattern.

What You Need

  • 4 pieces of 1×4×24 (or longer)-inch kiln-dried high-quality poplar (Have the lumberyard cut the pieces to 2-5⁄8-inches wide)
  • Wood clamps
  • Wood glue
  • Table saw with 10-inch blade
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Blind shelf supports

Step 1: Stack Wood

Stack the wood to create one piece that is 3×2-5⁄8×24+ inches; glue the pieces together and clamp the laminated board; allow glue to dry overnight.

Step 2: Cut Board

Use a table saw to cut the board into four 5½-inch-long pieces.

Using the pattern, cut each piece to shape using a table saw. 

Step 3: Paint and Finish

Sand, prime, and paint each corbel. (We chose Sherwin-Williams #6767 Aquarium.) Use blind shelf supports to hang them as corbels on the wall, or use them as bookends.


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