- 1). Cut the 6-by-6 inch lumber square in half along the diagonal, creating two triangles each 6 inches long on the right-angle sides.
- 2). Set up one 6-inch post and one triangle so that the right angle of the triangle and one end of the post rest with edges flush. Screw them together with two evenly spaced 1 1/2-inch wood screws. Drive the screws through the plank and into the post behind.
- 3). Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to build additional braces as necessary. One brace for every 16 inches of board length should support most loads.
- 4). Locate the studs in the wall where you have mounted (or will mount) the shelf. Use a stud finder for this.
- 5). Mount each brace on the wall at a stud using two 4-inch wood screws per brace. Drive the screws through the post in the brace and into the stud behind.
- 6). Set the shelf on top of the braces. In most cases, gravity and the weight of the objects you store on the shelf will keep it in position. You shouldn't have to mount the shelf to the braces.
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