Industrial Style reclaimed wood shelf {DIY}

This weekend Dave and I tackled the task of creating a feature space on the wall in our master bedroom.  I mentioned it in this post from earlier this week.  A few months ago, we made a headboard from pallet wood, details in this post, and needed something else to go above this to fill the space.  We decided on a floating shelf, but went one step further by putting up a reclaimed scaffold board and steel shelf.

DIY Reclaimed wood shelf

What you will need:

* Wood scaffold board (preferably a bit dented and weathered for a distressed look)
* 16mm bright steel thread bar
* 16mm nuts and washers (for one shelf you will need 8 of each)
* Drill and masonry drill bit
* 20mm flat bit (to drill the holes through the board)
* 2 concealed shelf mountings (per shelf)
* Orbital sander
* Wall plugs and screws (4 of each per shelf)
* Level
* Hammer and chisel


The scaffold board before we began

Start off by sanding down the board and edges, then decide which side you want to have facing up.  On the back long edge (to go up against the wall when mounting), measure in the centre.  Then measure out the centre of each half which is where you’ll drill a hole in each half for the concealed shelf mountings.


You’ll need to remove some of the wood with a hammer and chisel so the concealed shelf mountings sit flush against the wood edge.

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Next, drill the holes all the way through the top of the board, one in each corner.  This will be where you feed the thread bar through the board.  Use a 20mm flat bit when drilling the holes, to allow some movement for the 16mm thread bar to feed through easily.  Then fit a washer and nut to the underside of the board, and a washer and nut to the thread bar above the board.

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Now on the wall, measure up the points to fit the shelf mountings.  Drill the four holes, with the masonry drill bit and using the screws and wall plugs, attach the shelf mountings to the wall, then slide the board onto these, pushing it flush onto the wall.

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Mark out the two points in the ceiling board where you will need to drill holes to feed the top end of the thread bar through.  Before feeding the thread bar through the ceiling board, add another nut and washer.  This will give a neater finish up against the ceiling board.

Where the thread bar is fed through the ceiling board into the roof, we supported the bar with a wood baton spanning across the roof rafters.  We fed the thread bar through a hole in the baton, fitting a nut to the top.  We then tightened the nut on this baton to lift the scaffold board to a level position in the room below.

This is the finished result!  Now I need to get working on a few more picture frames, and items to put on the shelf.


It’s salvaged vintage industrial design works perfectly with our master bedroom casual living theme.

We hope this inspires you to get creating!

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