Make Your Own Honeycomb Shelves

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Make Your Own Honeycomb Shelves


Have you ever seen a honeycomb shelving unit and though it looked nice? Perhaps you’ve even thought about building one. If so, this imgur tutorial, also seen on the “Honey Do This” site, shows  you how to put one together. If that wasn’t enough, there’s even a bit of colorful commentary, addressing some likely excuses that you might have.

What’s great about this project is that as cool as it looks, it’s quite simple. All you need is a length of wood, author “hnydt” used an 8 foot length of pine, glue, and a compound miter saw. Cut each of the honeycomb lengths at a 30 degree angle, and they’re ready to be combined into something interesting.

Of course you could make something symmetrical, and as an engineer, it’s hard not to, but the five ‘comb design looks quite nice when finished.

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Speaking of finishing, if you’re not going to put this in the garage or basement, you might want it to look a bit more polished. I would guess that most of the readers of this blog could come up with something, but for inspiration, check out part II of the tutorial. As seen in the first picture, this ‘comb structure looks much better after a little paint and stain is applied!

4 thoughts on “Make Your Own Honeycomb Shelves

  1. Johnny Gnash says:

    I reckon getting those angles just right would go a long way towards a good-looking set of shelves. The finished project in this case looks darned nice.

  2. Phlamingo says:

    Be aware that butt joints on end grain is the absolute weakest way to glue wood. The nails/pins will help, but over time, expect those joints to fail.

    1. toyotaboy says:

      Agree /
      I wonder if you could create a jig so that you could drill holes at the correct angle and at the very least stick in a couple expanding dowel pins at each joint.

  3. Lorcan Bonda says:

    Can anybody think of a good reason why I would need to double up the wood panels in between the honeycomb matrix?

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Jeremy is an engineer with 10 years experience at his full-time profession, and has a BSME from Clemson University. Outside of work he’s an avid maker and experimenter, building anything that comes into his mind!

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