Add storage above the bath or vanity by securing a slatted shelf through tiles into wall studs.
Step 1: Attach the Blocks to Slats
Step 2: Drill Clearance Holes
Step 3: Assemble the Shelf
Mark the slats 4-in. from the ends, squaring a line across with a try square. Apply interior wood glue to the inside of the lines on four slats, positioning a block and leaving to dry.
Mark the drill points at the end of the slats, making 5/16-in. clearance holes through the four slats and blocks then through the last single slat. Use a drill press to drill through the slat and block.
To drill through tiles directly into studs, position masking tape on the tile and mark the hole then use a sharp 5/16-in. ceramic and glass bit to drill a clearance hole. Using the drill setting, not the hammer, steadily apply pressure to slowly drill through the tile.
If there is a masonry wall behind the tiles, use an 5/16-in. drill bit to make the hole and insert a plastic plug to hold the screws.
Turn the screws through each slat and block then position the shelf against the tiles using the screw tips to mark the drilling points at the ends. Check for level then drill 5/16-in. holes through the tiles then 1/8-in. pilot holes into the studs to secure the shelf.
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