How to Make Three-Tier Tabletop Shelf Displays

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Whether used in a retail store, craft booth or garage sale, a three-tier tabletop shelf display makes good use of table space to display your items. But tabletop shelving isn't just for sales. At home, use multi-tiered shelves to display photo frames, doll collections, candles and more. Make your own three-tier shelf with simple directions adapted from CakeJournal.com's project for making cupcake cake stands. While the cake decor website advises using light materials such as polystyrene cake dummies and cake boards for displaying cupcakes, use sturdier wood materials for a more permanent three-tier tabletop structure.

Things You'll Need

  • Round plywood board (1-by-24-inch)
  • Round plywood board (1-by-22-inch)
  • Round plywood board (1-by-20-inch)
  • 2 6-inch wood cubes
  • Sandpaper (fine and rough grains)
  • Tape measure
  • Wood glue
  • Brick

Instructions

  • Purchase wood cubes and round plywood boards from your local lumber yard or home improvement store. Ask the retailer to cut cubes and plywood to fit your desired measurements. While these instructions call for 20, 22 and 24-inch plywood circles, you can adjust these measurements to fit your table. Keep a 2-inch difference between circles.

  • Sand the edges of each circle with rough-grain sandpaper. Repeat with finer-grained sandpaper.

  • Make a pencil dot in the center of the largest plywood circle. Use a tape measure for best accuracy. Measure 3 inches on each side of the dot and mark the spots. Measure another 3 inches above and below the center dot. Connect the dots to make a 6-inch plus sign.

  • Squeeze a generous amount of wood glue onto the bottom of a wood cube. Center the wood cube directly on the plus sign on the largest plywood circle. Press down firmly. Place a brick on top of the cube and allow it to dry overnight.

  • Mark the medium circle as directed in Step 2. Turn the circle over so the marks are facing down. Squeeze glue on the top of the wood cube attached to the largest circle. Place the medium circle directly on top of the cube, using the marks underneath as a guide. Press firmly, place a brick on top and allow to dry overnight.

  • Mark the smallest circle as directed in Step 2. Turn the small circle over so the marks are facing down. Squeeze glue on the top of the wood cube attached to the medium circle. Place the smallest circle on top of the cube as you did with the medium circle. Press firmly, place a brick on top and allow to dry overnight.

Tips & Warnings

  • Give the three-tier shelf a decorative finish with paint or stain. Alternatively, cover the top of each tier with decorative contact paper.
  • For pretty edges, add ribbon around each tier. Hot glue the ribbon into place.

References

  • Photo Credit tape measure 1 image by Martin Grice from Fotolia.com
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