How To Build Wooden LED Wall Cube Shelves | DIY Project

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Are you looking for some extra but decorative storage in your room? Are you confused about making that storage to store your tiny things? No worries, making shelves can solve your problem. You can add some extra storage as well as some elegant looking shelves in your room.

Shelving is an important need of almost every home. Really. Whether, if you want something for storage or you need to add a bit to your décor, every time shelving is the perfect solution.

We have a little obsession with this DIY shelf woodworking project. And there may not be any better and more useful project to do with wood than to make shelves. We have given you various ideas to make your shelves pop, and we have even shown you some favorite bookshelves. But today, we are taking it a step further and showing you a DIY LED shelves that you can totally do yourself.

Take a few minutes and browse our this DIY project of LED wall cube shelving. Then take a few hours and build your own LED shelves. You will be proud to display your DIY LED wall cube shelves and you will also love the extra storage and decor that they give you.

When you are moving into your new home, it’s great to add some small, familiar touches like some photographs, mementos, flower pot, etc. making it feel like “home.” Any other better way to display those tiny items instead of placing them on stylish LED wall cube shelves? Not at all, these LED shelves can decorate your wall in an adorable way and also provide you an extra storage space.

And also, if you want to build a fun and easy DIY woodworking project, this one is for you. These shelves are easy to build, looks handsome, highly versatile, and inexpensive. And they are strong, even though they don’t have any visible supports.

This is not just slapping some LEDs inside the cube wall shelved and calling it a day. I have mounted the shelves to a platform that mounts to a wall as a whole unit, these shelves have also hidden a set of wires behind it all, and adds in a switch of strips so you can control the lights. The whole DIY projects documented on YouTube video if you are interested in taking it on yourself.

In this easy DIY tutorial, we will show you how to build these DIY LED wall cube shelves in your home. You just have to follow the step-by-step instructions.

Items Needed for this Project


Here is the list of materials and tools you will need to complete this DIY woodworking project.

Materials List:

  • Flexible LED Strip Lights
  • LED Power Adapter or Power Supply for LED Strip
  • 6Amp Toggle Switch
  • Card Stock, 65 lb, 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer or Glue

Tools Needed:

  • Flexible LED Strip Lights
  • LED Power Adapter or Power Supply for LED Strip
  • 6Amp Toggle Switch
  • Card Stock, 65 lb, 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer or Glue

Step 1: Collecting Scrap Wood or Maple Leaf


We are going to use maple leaf wood boards in this project. You can use scrap wood boards or any other wooden boards you have in hand. These boards can be taken from pallet wood because you are going to create boxes, so you can take some wood boards of desired width and length.

First, I cut all these boards to the desired measurement. Make sure you have measured it twice and mark with wood pencil before cutting. And now, by using a table saw, I am going to cut these boards for mitered cuttings off the corners. By using mitered corners, your boards will look nice and neat. And also, this will help you to make fine butt joints, box joints, and pocket holes pretty nicely.

Make sure that every mitered corner you cut have the same angle otherwise it will create some problems in moving forwards to your project completion. Move forward to the second step now.

Pro Tips

  • Here, one thing you should remember that never use gloves when you are using a table saw in any woodworking project. And also you should make sure that you are wearing short sleeves, if not then make your sleeves folded up.
  • While mitering the wood boards, make sure you have mitered all the boards at the same angle. Otherwise, it will cause issues further in the project.
  • Dropping your miter saw blade on the wood piece can be dangerous and it can likely result in a rough cut. So, give more few extra second to reach its full speed, and then lower the blade slowly.

Step 2: Routing and Gluing


The second step is routing the mitered boards by using the router.The main purpose of routing the boards is to make LED strip to fit inside. This will look elegant when the LED strips fitted inside and glowing with an elegant light in your box shelves.

Clean the spot where you make cute with the router. Now, this looks something getting amazing.

After routing all the boards, now this was the time to glue up all the boards to shape them in a box. Different size boxes can also be used or build. Since I have made the boards of different measurements to make some different size boxes. I have glued all the boards together and secure them by using masking tape on it. You can also use some clamps to secure these boards. Putting masking tape worked for me pretty nicely in place of clamps. Put the taped/clamped boards and let it dry.

Pro Tips

  • Use the router table for your router. Router tables are great for cutting your moldings. Using a router table is much easier as well as faster than using a router alone. While using a router table, you don’t have to clamp the board. Use feather boards and a push stick to protect your fingers.
  • Always unplug the router when changing the bit of it.
  • Make sure you are using safety glasses and hearing protection.

Step 3: The Back of the Boxes


After the main boxes were created, it was time to make the back of the boxes by using some longer pieces and MDF board. Place the pieces in a row and put the main boxes on them. Mark the area of boxes on these pieces by using a wood pencil. I roughly cut these pieces from the marked points by using a hand saw. Once I had cut these pieces, I have glued them to make their joint together. I had used clamps for securing g these pieces for some time and let the glue dry.

Now, place those backs on the boxes. I have glued them up on the boxes and clamped the boxes by using a scrap piece of wood on the other side of the box.

Now, it was time to use an MDF board to put it on the back side of the boxes I built. This was for the purpose to get help to hide all the wires and other material attached with LEDs.

I have painted white all the MDF board and placed it on a sharp surface. Then, I have placed all the boxes, which are of different sizes. You can place the boxes in an order that can look elegant as I did.

Take some screws and small brackets, paint them all to make them look elegant when screwed in the boxes. As I did, I have painted all of them by placing them on a scrap board and let them dry and then screwed them in boxes.

Pro Tips

  • Use wax paper barrier while clamping. The strip of wax paper helps to separate the wood surface and clamps and prevents staining. You can also put a heavy weight of water filled buckets instead of being used clamps.
  • Choose clamps that apply sufficient pressure to close the joint.
  • Make sure you have placed the clams so tightly that can squeeze out surplus glue.

Step 4: Screwing MDF Board


After placing the Boxes on MDF board, I have screwed them on the MDF boards by using the screwdriver. I think it would be a great idea to screw all the boxes together on a board.

As the boxes were of different size, I have placed these boxes in the desired position. The small one on the bottom left side, Middle one on the top and the big one on the right side of the board. This MDF board would look elegant to fit the boxes on the wall instead of fixing them all one by one on the wall. If you fix the boxes one by one on the wall, it may not look that great and also it would be difficult to hide the irritating lack of wires of LEDs.

Pro Tips

  • Painting the MDF Board is not an easy job. When you paint on MDF Board it dries so quickly and in a very uneven and blotchy way. Some special primers are available in the market for MDF, once these are applied, then MDF can be painted with any ordinary paint.
  • While screwing, be sure that you are putting the screws perpendicular to the surface.
  • While using a screwdriver, check its bit speed and also if it is tightly fixed in screwdriver.

Step 5: Setting up LEDs and Scolding the Lines


After screwing the MDF board, it was time to fix up the LEDs strips into the routing lines of boxes. Put some glue in those routed lines and then place the LEDs in them by pushing them with the help of a wooden pencil, as I did. It really helps better to secure them.

But make sure that you have fixed up the wires to the LEDs, before setting them up inside the boxes. Make a small hole at the corner of each box by using a drill, so that you can pass the lines of LEDs thought there to the back of the MDF board.

After securing all the LEDs inside the boxes, and getting all the lines to the back side of MDF board, I have connected all the red line and all the black line together. Then, I have connected the red lines to the switch and black lines to the power supply. Add tape to secure all the wires on the MDF board.

Secure the switch in the corner of the MDF board by making a hole of the desired size by using a fence. Secure it with glue.

Pro Tips

  • Make the connections tightly and you can cover them up with tape. If the connections are loose, it can get heated up. And always use wire-stripping tool while removing the insulation of the wire.
  • Place the switch on the corner so that it can give some amazing look to your shelves.
  • Make sure that the switch is tightly fixed on its spot.

Step 6: Covering the Lights and Attaching Shelve on the Wall


Now, you can attach the board/shelves anywhere on the wall in your home. I have attached it right next to my door by screwing the MDF board with the help of a screwdriver.

After turning the switch on, I guessed that the lights were super bright. So, I decided to cover them up to dim the light little bit. So, I have used regular white hard stock to cover the LED strip, by using decoupage to attach it over the lights.

Pro Tips

  • You should select a decent place in your home to attach these wall cube shelves in your home. Like, don’t attach these shelves in that room where you already have two or more shelves attached.
  • While attaching it to the wall, you can hang your shelves by using heavy weight hangers.
  • Again, screws should be put in perpendicularly on the surface.

Sources


Now it was pretty nice and stiff. An elegant piece of box shelves, I have now. What an awesome piece it is to add in the room décor!

Some readers usually prefer to watch a video tutorial instead of having a written tutorial, so we have decided to include a video tutorial too, for those readers. The video tutorial will help you to understand illustrates of the project nicely and clearly. You can find the link to the YouTube video tutorial in the link below. The video tutorial includes step by step detailed information on the process.

So, what is your plan for the upcoming weekend? Are you going to build these elegant wall cube box shelves? These shelves can be a nice add to your room décor. If you have any queries or want to discuss anything, you can ask us in the comment section of this post. Also, if you have completed the project, feel free to share the pics of your final products with us in the comment section.

  • April 30, 2017
  • DIY
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