How To Build Hexagon Shelves

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Discover how to build hexagonal shelves step by step!

Complexity: Beginner


Hex or honeycomb shelves have become very popular in the DIY world recently. The reason for this is that they have an interesting design, different from normal and incredibly easy to build. You can have six of these in one afternoon and not break a sweat! We used 2x4 red oak wood because we like its depth and thickness when finished and assembled, but you can use any size you want. Red oak is a very hard wood and can be difficult to handle, but with a little patience, it works just as well as any other species. This construction involves gluing the end grains together, which is an unreliable woodworking method for some but will work very well for this construction as these shelves should not contain heavy items. If you want to strengthen your shelves, use some guide pins or biscuits to make the joints as solid as possible.

Tools needed

Table saw

Required materials

  • 4 'of 2x6 lumber (one shelf)
  • Painter's tape
  • Wood glue

Project step by step

Step 1: Crosscut Angle Into the Board

A bit of math is involved in this construction. A symmetrical hexagon has interior angles of 120 degrees, half of which are 60 degrees. The complementary angle of this is 30 degrees. This is the angle to which you need to adjust your saw. I have a digital angle finder so I generally use a table saw and a miter gauge to get accurate measurements, but it would be very easy to use a miter saw if your saw could lock at 30 degrees. Cut off one end of the board to get a starting angle.

Step 2: Set Up a Stop & Complete the Cuts

Clamp a stopper (or screw block to a temporary fence) at 7 in. Along with the miter gauge for consistent cuts. Cut six boards to get all the pieces for the construction.

Step 3: Tape boards together

Fixing boards with traditional staples can be quite complex and tedious. I like to use duct tape in these situations. It is easy to remove and does not affect the wood, but it is safe enough to get the job done. Tape the boards together, making the grains on the sharp edges come together. Run a simulation of the shelf to make sure your angles are good and fit.

Step 4: Glue boards together

Glue the final grain to the boards, making sure to spread the glue to the edges. Fold the set and secure it with a few final pieces of tape. Let dry and add finish to your liking. I have made a lot of these shelves and sometimes the joints don't fit perfectly. If you have something on hand, you can use wood putty to fill in the gaps, or there are plenty of other ways to do the same with items already in your store.

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