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Display your favorite holiday pictures & collectables with a unique decorative wall shelf. We constructed ours out of extra building materials we had on hand!

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Supplies Needed For This Project


SM20 Saw-Max Tool Kit

Model # SM20


SM500 Wood & Plastic Carbide Wheel

Model # SM500


SM510 3" Metal Cut-Off Wheel

Model # SM510


628-01 Drill Bit Set

Model # 628-01


  • 1

    24x24" piece of 3/4" thick mdf or plywood panel
  • 3

    3 foot section of different 3/4" thick trim moldings
  • 1

    6 foot length of 3/4" thick pine board, 3" width
  • 1

    3 foot length of 3/4" diameter pipe and 3 strap clamps
  • 1

    Drill & thin 1-1/2" wood screws

Let's Get Started

To reduce the risk of injury user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project. Wear eye and respiratory protection. Use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.


Step 1

Start by cutting your 24" piece plywood or mdf into three 4" wide shelves. These quick rip cuts are easy with the Dremel Saw-Max equipped with the SM500 Wood & Plastic Wheel. Simply follow your marked lines of cut through the notch at the front end of the tool.


Step 2

Next, cut your choice of molding to trim the front and sizes of the three shelves. You can use your Saw-Max and SM500 wheel for these quick cuts as well. Be sure to clamp your trim in place and make your straight cut across your piece of trim. Glue and secure the trim to the front of each board with small brads.


Step 3

Next, using your Saw-Max tool, cut the 3" wide pine board to length. These boards will serve as your backing boards you'll secure your shelves to. For our shelving unit, we cut our pine into one piece about 36" long and one about 30" long. As with many weekends projects, these dimensions are adjustable according to the desired size of the project you are making.


Step 4

If you want to add another material type for decorative purposes as we did, pipe is an easy choice! We chose to add conduit to our shelving unit. Using your Saw-Max tool, swap out your blades and install a SM510 Metal Cutting Wheel to cut your secured metal pipe to about 34" in length. TIP: As your pipe may spark, wear gloves for this step.


Step 5

Next, select your final shelving layout. Lay out the two vertical boards cut in step 3. Take the 3 shelves already assembled and place them on the boards. Now, stagger and space the shelves to the desired look & height you want. Once in place, take a pencil and mark the backing boards where the shelf rests. Remove the shelves and drill pilot holes in the backing boards to accept the shelves. If you have a Dremel Rotary Tool handy, use your tool equipped with the 150 Drill Bit. Set your tool to high speed and make a quick, vertical plunge into the marks on your backing board. Secure the shelves to the backing board with screws. Repeat this process for all 3 shelves on one board. When one board is secure, line up the pencil marks and secure all three shelves onto the second backing board. Finally, place the decorative metal pipe between the backing boards and secure to each of the 3 shelves with a pipe strap. Secure hangers to the back of the vertical support.

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