This portable shelf unit is a great solution to display holiday decorations, but the design can be used for a variety of purposes.

  1. The project begins with two sheets of 3/4-inch cabinet-grade plywood. Cut a 6×4-foot piece from one sheet before ripping that piece into a pair of 2×6-foot pieces. These will be the vertical side supports.
  2. To make the shelves resemble a mountain, draw and then cut a gradual taper on each piece to make it narrower as it goes up.
  3. Join the two sides without the taper with a piano hinge. Band the plywood with solid dimensional lumber to better hold the hinge screws.
  4. Cut 3/4-inch wide notches in the front edges of the vertical pieces to create support for the horizontal shelves. The notches should stop about 6 inches short of the back edge of the piece.
  5. Cut the horizontal shelves shorter and more narrow as you go up. This continues the mountain theme but also prevents the unit from being top heavy. The shelves should fit snugly in the notches.
  6. After sanding and testing the pieces for fit, paint the shelf unit.

The result is an attractive display stand that can be folded flat for storage at the end of the season. Watch the video for details.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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