This shelving project can add beauty to any corner as well as house your favorite collectibles. The alternating shelf directions seem to cascade their way down the corner creating a lightness and playfulness that make it a piece of art as well. I first saw a project similar to this one years ago and then decided to adapt it into a simple woodworking project. The shelves and back supports are all made from the same size pieces, so the cutting list couldn’t get any easier. The aprons at the top and bottom are half-size pieces cut from one of the 7” x 7” blanks. It’s all held together with #20 biscuits and starts with sub-assemblies, and then a final glue up.

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20 Responses to “Cascading Corner Shelf”
  1. Duane
    Duane

    Really like your shelf and want to build one or ten of them! What type of wood did you use?

    Thanks,

    Duane

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    • WWGOA Team
      WWGOA Team

      Thanks for the feedback and question. Cherry was used in the article, but you could use any species for this project.

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      • Duane
        Duane

        Thank you for the reply. I also meant to ask how thick is the cherry you used? It looks to be about an inch. I’m not sure if a 3/4″ would be thick enough but a 2 x might be an over kill.

        Duane

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  2. NICKY E HOFFMAN
    NICKY E HOFFMAN

    beginning woodworker and this looks like something good to make to learn some skills

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  3. David Small
    David Small

    I don’t own a biscuit joiner, is there a different way to join these?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi David,

      Sure. You could use dowels, splines, mortise and tenon, pocket hole joinery, floating tenon, box joints, dovetails, or probably others as well. There’s nothing sacred about biscuits for this project; it’s just one simple way to do it.

      Paul
      Woodworkers Guild of America

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  4. coach Franks
    coach Franks

    Looking for simple projects fpr my middle school shop students to do during online teaching.
    I have been cutting projects then packaging them to send home for the students put together.
    I am cutting out projects for 36 students
    Thanks for any ideas you have.
    Coach Franks Vikan Middle School Brighton Colorado

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Coach,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      We have lots of projects online that you can browse and use for this purpose if you find one that might work:

      https://www.wwgoa.com/plans/all/

      Paul

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      Joan
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