I found a nice piece of cherry crown molding at the Re-Store, which is run by Habitat for Humanity. They salvage any useful architectural pieces from all the houses that get torn down. So I thought that with a few 45* cuts, they would make some nice shelves. I was right. Although I could have used smaller screws on top. Oh well. And using maple for the cleats inside was a big mistake too. Because maple is so hard, it is hard to work with. You have to pre-drill everything and even then the screws stick and the heads gets stripped. But they came out nice in the end. For $5, I’m happy.
Update: Wow. I was surprised to find out that this post is in the top FIVE results on Google for “home made shelves.” So that’s why I see so much traffic here but nothing about people searching for shelves on WordPress. Well, I hope this was worth the visit. If you have any questions, please let me know. I am far from a master carpenter, but I might be able to help.