DIY Woodworking project: Wood (Honeycomb) Hexagon Shelves

Floating wall (honeycomb) hexagon shelves are easy to build and make a great DIY woodworking project. Whether in a cluster or just one, these wall shelves or display units can add both decoration and organization to your home. If you are looking for an easy, fun woodworking project, this is it.

DIY woodworking project:  Honeycomb, Hexagon shelves.  Learn how to make hanging, floating, wall shelves and display shelves.

Materials Needed to Build a Hexagon Wall Shelf:

  • 1 x 4 – 6 feet long.
  • Miter saw or table saw.
  • Wood glue and screws.

How to Create Hexagon Shelves with Perfect Joints.

1. Cut six-7” pieces of wood with 30-degree angle cuts.

Make sure you angle the cuts inward on both sides. Three methods of doing this include:

Miter saw set to 30-degree angle for hexagon wall shelf.
A. Miter saw set to 30-degrees.
Miter saw 30-degree bevel angle for hexagon wall shelf.
B. Miter saw (bevel angle) set to 30-degrees.
Table saw 30-degree blade tilt for honeycomb display shelves.
C: Table saw (blade tilt) set to 30-degrees.
Six pieces for display shelves with 30-degree cuts.
Six pieces with 30-degree cuts.
Dimensions for hexagon wall shelf.
Dimensions for hexagon wall shelf.

2. Pre-drill the holes.

Drill pilot holes to help prevent the wood from splitting. Ideally, this hole should be at least as large as the screw’s minor diameter.

Pre-drill screw holes.
Pre-drill screw holes.

3. Create two halves sections.

(DO NOT TRY TO GLUE AND ASSEMBLY ALL PIECES OF WOOD AT ONCE.) Use a combination of glue and screws to attach the wood together. Personally, I recommend using trim screws as shown below. The smaller screw head is less obvious and helps prevent the wood from splitting. If you pre-drill the holes, these screws will countersink themselves nicely because the head is not much larger than the pilot hole. If cut at the same angle, these pieces should fit together perfectly.

Glue miter joint on hexagon wall shelves.
Glue miter joint.
Regular vs finish trim screws.
Regular vs finish trim screws.
Two halves hexagon wall shelf.
Two halves of hexagon wall shelf.

4. Combine the two halves together.

The trick to achieving perfect joints is to assembly the wall shelf in two halves as shown above. Once you have assembled the two halves, test if they fit together perfectly. If not, then lightly sand these joints until you have a perfect fit. Unless, you have a VERY, VERY, accurate angle gauge, your joints will not initially fit perfectly together. Using this approach, you will only have to worry about two joints fitting perfectly. On the other hand, if you wished to assemble all 6 pieces at once, then all 6 joints would have to match perfectly to ensure a tight fit.

Test for gap in miter joint before assembly.
Test for gap in miter joint.
Sand edge if necessary for hexagon wall shelf.
Lightly sand edge if necessary.
Perfect miter joint.
Perfect miter joint.

5. Add optional center shelves inside.

Hexagon shelves with removable center shelf.
Hexagon shelves with removable center shelf.
Honeycomb wall shelf with center shelf and vertical upright.
Hexagon shelf with center shelf and vertical upright.

5. Sand and finish your wall shelf.

Fill screw holes with a combination of sawdust and glue.
Fill screw holes with a combination of sawdust and glue.
Sand hexagon shelf.
Sand your hexagon shelf.
Stain or finish wall display shelves.
Optionally, finish your shelves.

6. Install mounting bracket (e.g., Sawtooth Hanger)

Install sawtooth hanger on wall shelf.
Sawtooth hanger

7. Enjoy your finished hexagon wall shelf.

Set of hexagon wall shelves.
Set of hexagon wall shelves.

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