The wall shelf is a great project that looks good, and can easily be made in a weekend. The small size makes it a great decorating accent that can hold pictures, small decorative items, or anything else you can think of.
The example in the pictures I made out of ambrosia maple, but any hardwood will work well for this project. I used 4/4 rough sawn stock, but if a jointer and planer are not available pre-milled stock that is 3/4″ thick can be used. A good wood glue will be needed as well. The tools I used for this project are as follows
This project comes from the Sears Essential Woodworking Tools series.