free plans  home    gallery
 projects    philosophy    faq

computer monitor shelf
free plans: how to make a
Computer Monitor Shelf
Basic Description The space around one's computer is often particularly valuable. At uniqueprojects, we are consistently battling with the clutter on and around our computers; below you will find one of the remedies we designed for the problem. It's a simple plan for a shelf that fits on top of most computer monitors. The shelf can be used to hold all sorts of items: picture frames, notes, papers, and lightweight peripherals (such as computer speakers, small scanners etc.) In the end, this project allows you to convert wasted space into highly usable space.
Materials Plywood, wood dowel, finishing oil or paint, hook and loop fastener, and wood glue. A complete material list is provided below.
Tools Table saw, sandpaper, bandsaw or jigsaw or scrollsaw, drill with forstner bits. A complete tool list is provided below.
Cost The plan itself is free! Estimated cost of materials: $5
Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy
Legal Notice Use of this website constitutes acceptance of our terms of service policy.
Similar Projects If you enjoy this project, you may also be interested in our bulletin board project.

the project plan begins here

step:     1            

The first step involves acquiring the necessary materials and proper tools. It is best to get everything prepared before commencing because you are free to progress without unnecessary interruptions. Note that this project works on most but not all computer monitors. Certain monitors have flat screens and or curved top surfaces and are therefore not suitable for this shelf. If your monitor has a similar shape to the one pictured on the right then the shelf should work great.
completed monitor shelf

Material List

Item Qty. Description
#1 varies Plywood 3/8" - 1/2" (9 - 13mm) thick. You will need enough to cover the top of the computer monitor that you are customizing. For our small monitor, we used a 3/8" (9mm) thick piece of Baltic Birch plywood about 14" x 15" (35 x 38cm).
#2 - Glue. We used polyurethane glue, but yellow glue will work fine.
#3 - Wood Dowel. We recommend using 1/2" - 5/8" (13 - 16mm) diameter dowel. The length will be determined by the shape of your monitor; we required two pieces, 2 5/8" (67mm) long.
#4 - paint or finishing oil more info
#5 2 Plastic or rubber tip caps for wood dowel. These are available at most hardware stores - they are used at the ends of walking canes and furniture made from metal tubes.
#6 - Adhesive-backed hook and loop fastener (commonly known as Velcro).

Tool List

table saw more info
drill press more info with forstner bit that matches diameter of wood dowel. A hand drill will work fine.
bandsaw more info, jigsaw more info or scrollsaw more info

step 2►

free plans © 2000-2008
terms   privacy policy
 home    gallery
 projects    philosophy    faq