Metal Working Woodworking

DIY Metal & Wood Shelf

metal and wood record shelf

My other half and I are total vinyl record junkies and we are always looking for fun ways to display our records. That being said, I’ve been wanting a shelf to hang our records that are currently playing and on deck, so I partnered with The Home Depot to create this slim and sleek wood and metal shelving unit for above our record cabinet. Also, in case you needed a reminder… holiday season is here! So, to say thank you for an awesome year I’m giving away TWO Home Depot gift cards. Keep reading to see how to enter to win!

How To Make A Metal & Wood Shelf

This project is part of The Home Depot‘s ProSpective program and includes affiliate links. For my full disclosure policy, click here.

Want to see this build in action? Check it out on my YouTube channel!

In all honesty, I was recently super inspired by a shelving unit I saw on Pinterest from Ikea recently. But, they no longer sell it, and also, it’s made from rope and wood instead of metal and wood. So, I decided to make my own version (and spoiler alert, I love it)!

Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Bosch Daredevil Standard Spade Bit Set (6-Piece)
Staining/Painting Accessories
Tape Measurer

(3) 1 x 2 x 6′ Boards
(3) 3/8 x 36″ Aluminum Rods
Black Metal Enamel Spray
1 1/4″ Brad Nails
Wood Putty
Wood Glue

The Steps:

1. I started by cutting my 1×2 pieces into the following lengths (you can adjust these measurements for your own build):

how to make a wood shelf

(2) Side Pieces: 26″ Tall
(2) Shelf Pieces: 25 3/4″
(2) Top & Bottom Pieces: 25 3/4″
(2) Small Dividers: 4 3/4″

2. Once my pieces were cut, I started to drill holes in the small divider pieces using a 3/8” Bosch spade bit from their Daredevil Standard Spade Bit Set (6-Piece). I made the center of my holes 1” up from the bottom of the piece and ¼” inward.

bosch spade bit set

To help reduce tearout or breakage, I drilled halfway through one side of the piece, flipped it over, and then drilled out the other half of the piece the same way.

bosch spade bit

At first, I thought I needed tape to reduce tear out. But, the bits were awesome, provide 10x speed and hole quality in wood, and there was really minimal tearout!

how to use a spade bit

3. Next, I drilled openings for the aluminum tubing in the two side pieces. I only went about 5/8” deep here so that the spade bit wouldn’t poke through the other side. I used my divider pieces as templates to measure where I wanted the holes to go and I made 6 in total – 3 for each side. (you can see this in action on my YouTube tutorial).

how to build a shelf

4. Once the holes were made, I cut my aluminum pieces on the miter saw and then ran a dry fit to make sure everything worked out.

how to cut aluminum at home

5. Next, I sanded the aluminum pieces and spray painted them using a black enamel (it’s the same one I used for my dining table bases).

how to paint metal

6. After they dried, I applied a paste wax to the aluminum and then threaded them through my divider pieces. I decided to make my smaller sections about 8” wide.

how to paint metal

7. Next, I mixed up some 5-minute epoxy, added it to the end of my tubing, and began to assemble the tubing inside the openings of the shelves. I used clamps to hold everything together as the epoxy dried.

how to attach metal to wood

8. Once the epoxy was dry, I added the shelving pieces, checked that they were square, and attached them to the side and divider pieces using wood glue and 1” brad nails.

diy metal and wood shelf

9. After everything dried, I filled the holes and imperfections with wood putty.

how to fill holes in wood

10. Once the putty dried, I sanded all of the wooden pieces from 120 grit to 20 grit sandpaper.

how to sand wood

11. Next, I used a medium walnut Danish oil to finish the piece.

how to finish wood with danish oil

12. Before hanging, I installed hooks on the back of the shelving unit.

how to build a record shelf

Then it was time to display some stuff!

metal and wood picture shelf

I’m so excited to have another spot to display fun things that is sleek and out of the way.

record storage ideas

The shelf is a little shallow and can fit some photos and slim items. So, if you want to build one of your own for specific items, you may want to go a bit bigger. Overall though, for what we need, it’s perfect!

wall storage for records

Now for the fun part! I’m hosting a fun holiday giveaway to say thank you for all of your support! I’m giving away two $50 Home Depot gift cards to two lucky winners and you can enter to win on YouTube or Instagram! Winner will be chosen next week, so good luck!

In the meantime… want to save this project for later? Make sure to Pin It!

Until next time friends…

I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in the promotional program described above (the “Program”). As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.




  • Choice Furniture

    This metal and wood shelf are really look beautiful. Great design and style! I’d like to see more! Thanks for the share.

    • Sam

      Thank you!

  • Danielle Oliver

    Hey Sam! What is the tool you used to mark your cuts?

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