Easy DIY Corbels

Updated 4.2.21

Easy DIY Corbels

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These corbels are much easier to make than I thought they would be. I was a bit intimidated, but hubby helping me eased my fears. He's such a great teacher and encourager!

So, if I can do it... then so can you!

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The first thing you need to do to make your corbels, is to decide the design or shape of it. I wanted something simple, but classic. I worked up a few ideas on paper until I found the one I liked.

Drawing Corbel pattern for template

Next, trace the pattern onto a piece of cardboard and cut it out.

Cutting out cardboard template

That will make it more sturdy when you trace it on wood.

Tracing pattern onto wood

The size of the corbel is determined by how big your shelves are.  Mine are only about 6 inches deep and they aren't going to hold anything heavy, so 3 1/2" will be just fine. I had some scrap 2X4s left over from another project. 

It will be easier to cut the shape of the corbel on the bandsaw without the excess wood, so I cut off the excess with the miter saw.

Cutting off excess wood with miter saw

Then I cut some more off...

Cutting off more excess wood

I'm going to cut these corbels out with our bandsaw.  I think they would be easier to cut out if you had a jigsaw. That's next on my list to get! 😁

First, I cut the corner out.

Cutting out corner of corbel pattern

Nice! That came out pretty good!

Corner cut out of corbel

The curve is the toughest part... 

Cutting out the curve

I tried cutting it out in sections, but made the curve more choppy than smooth... see the difference?

Choppy vs smooth curve in corbel shape

With a little practice they all ended up coming out pretty good!

All Corbels cut out

Now, I need to drill a Kreg Jig pocket hole in the top of each corbel to attach it to the wall. I had to get a bit creative with clamping it down.

Drilling a pocket hole to attach corbel to wall

Finished, now ready for primer and paint!

Pocket holes done, ready for primer

It's time to get these shelves installed!!

Corbels primed and painted

We ended up using drywall anchors (these are my favorite!), because we all know studs are never where you need them to be... It's fine, these shelves also won't be holding heavy items.

Corbels attached to wall with pocket hole

Yay! All done! I predrilled a hold in the top of the shelf at each corbel and screwed them in. 

Corbels and shelves finished!

Now it's time to get some decorating done and we will truly be finished!


Easy DIY Corbels for shelves

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