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DIY Leather Shelf Edging for a Chic Home Office

Photography: Aaron Dyer

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2015



Oak plywood, 3/4", $50 for 4' by 8',
Heavyweight natural cowhide-leather strip, 3/4", $20 for 72"; deluxe rotary leather punch, $20; and all-purpose cement, by Barge, $7 for 2 oz.,
Copper tacks, $9 for 100,


  • Leather strip, cut to fit around outside of shelf

  • Oak plywood shelf, cut to size

  • Leather punch

  • Leather glue, such as Barge

  • Drill and 1/16-inch bit

  • Copper tacks


  1. Line up leather strip with edge of plywood shelf. With a pencil, mark spots on leather for tacks, about 1/2 inch from each corner.

  2. Punch holes in leather at marked spots with leather punch.

  3. Apply glue to both edge of shelf and back of leather strip. Adhere strip to edge and press firmly.

  4. Predrill holes in shelf through holes in leather. Hammer in tacks.

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