How to Make Wooden L-Brackets

Making a pair of wooden L-brackets provides a stable support system for any home shelving unit.
Use wooden L-brackets to make a mantle.Use wooden L-brackets to make a mantle.
While purchasing metal brackets is possible at a home-supply store, creating your own wood versions can save you money. The key to crafting a successful L-bracket is to use wood that is thick and strong enough to support the weight of your shelf. Once your brackets are completed, use them to support shelving units in a garage, shed or basement.

Step 1

Put on a pair of work gloves, safety glasses and a dust mask to protect your skin, eyes and lungs.

Step 2

Draw your L-bracket design on the piece of oak wood. Sketch the body of the bracket to resemble a boomerang — similar to a pressed L-shape metal bracket design. Draw a 5-inch by 5-inch, right-angle letter "L" shape as the outside edge of the bracket. Draw a 3-inch-deep curve for the body of the bracket.

Step 3

Cut out the bracket using a coping saw. Smooth the bracket with 120-grit sandpaper.

Step 4

Drill two evenly spaced 3/8-inch holes through the front, shorter end of the vertical portion of the L-bracket's body. The two holes allow for the bracket to mount with 3/8-inch bolts or screws. Repeat Steps 2 to 4 to create a second wooden L-bracket.

Things You Will Need

  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Dust mask
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Coping saw
  • Oak wood panel, 1-inch by 6-inch, 12-inches long
  • Sandpaper, 120-grit
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 3/8-inch

About the Author

Jeffery Keilholtz began writing in 2002. He has worked professionally in the humanities and social sciences and is an expert in dramatic arts and professional politics. Keilholtz is published in publications such as Raw Story and Z-Magazine, and also pens political commentary under a pseudonym, Maryann Mann. He holds a dual Associate of Arts in psychology and sociology from Frederick Community College.