Reclaimed Wood Gallery Wall

Reclaimed Wood Gallery Wall

This project makes a wall with different sized shelves out of reclaimed wood.

5 col

Difficulty: Difficult

An assortment of reclaimed lumber in different sizes and shapes
Nail gun with 15 gauge 2½” brad nails and 18 gauge 2” brad nails
Heavy duty construction adhesive with dispenser
4’ Level
12” Level
Painters tape
(2) 4” L-brackets (two per shelf you want to add to your wall)
Drill with #10 star bit and Phillips head bit
Small box #10 star 3” screws
Small box 1” wood screws
Small box 2” wood screws
Stud finder
Large drop cloth
Work gloves (optional)*


**Minimize the risk of splinters by wearing work gloves when handing the wood


Shelves can be added wherever you like on the wall, however, if you are planning to put something heavy on a shelf, like a TV, you will need to attach the shelf to wall studs. Start with this as it will be your center piece

1. Decide where you would like shelves added and mark the locations on the wall with strips of painters tape cut to the desired length of each shelf

2. Use a stud finder to locate the studs along the length of the painters tape where you want your shelf and mark the points with a pencil. Note that studs are typically spaced every 16” along a wall. You will need at least two wall studs, preferably one near each end of the tape to evenly support the shelf. For example, if you have a 42” shelf, locate two studs that are 32” apart. You may need to reposition the location of the shelf to accommodate the wall studs

3. Place an L-bracket against the wall on a stud mark at the desired height of your shelf. Secure the bracket to the wall using a drill with a #10 star bit and four 3” #10 star screws (See image below)

4. Repeat Step 4 for adding a second L-bracket on the second stud. Use a 4’ level to make sure the L-brackets are straight to each other. This will ensure the shelf is straight once it’s added

5. The shelf can be made of two parts for extra strength. Choose two pieces of lumber, where one is a few inches shorter and narrower than the other one. Center the shorter piece of lumber on the L-brackets and secure it in place using a drill with a Phillips head bit and 1” wood screws. Check with a 4’ level the shelf is straight (See images below)


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6. Center the larger piece of lumber over the small piece that was attached to the L-brackets in Step 6. Secure the larger piece to the smaller piece using four 1” wood screws through the top of the lumber into the small piece underneath. Evenly space the four screws along the length of the wood (See image below)

7. Find a piece of lumber in your pile that is at least as long as the shelf, preferably longer. Apply a line of wood glue along the length of the wood and press it to the wall so it is resting on top of the shelf. Secure in place using a nail gun with 15 gauge 2½” brad nails (See image below)

8. Repeat Steps 3 to 8 for adding any additional load bearing shelves to the wall. Note that 2” wood screws can be used instead of 1” wood screws for thicker pieces of wood


9. Put on your safety glasses. Once your load bearing shelf or shelves are added, the rest of the wall and smaller shelves can be attached. Starting at the bottom of the wall in any corner, start picking out pieces of lumber from your woodpiles and attaching them to the wall. Apply wood glue on the back of each piece before you place it. Depending on the thickness of the wood, use a nail gun with either 15 gauge 2½” brad nails for thicker pieces and 18 gauge 2” brad nails for thinner pieces. Every few pieces, check with a 4’ level or 12” level that the wood you’re attaching is still straight (See image below)

10. Thicker pieces of wood like a 4” x 4” piece of lumber can be used to make a narrow shelf. These can be secured to the wall by using the nail gun from the underside of the wood (See image below)

11. Continue adding pieces of different sizes and shapes until the wall is covered. Allow the wood glue to dry over night before placing objects on the shelves

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You could always try this project on a smaller scale, too!

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WHOA....that Wall is Way TOO active For Me...WOW !!! Nice Wood and I AM A WOOD Person but it Seems that Space is either Too Small or The Wood is Too BIG for the AREA ! But that is Just Me !

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