I never have a place to put my bed time accessories... Before everyone goes nuts, I'm talking about flashlight, water bottle, glasses etc.
I ended up buying the folowing materials at a local Lowes:
I then routed out a place for the big hinge which will swing down when in the up position to act as a brace... In the down position the brace hinge folds flat inside the shelf. here it is being epoxied in place:
Here it is with a hot glue layer just to look a little nicer and make me feel like it's sturdier. Mounting hinges have been installed too:
Here it is in the down position:
And here it is doing it's job. When you lift it up from the down position the brace hinge swings down and I just line it up with some rubber bumpers I've stuck in just the right spot to level the shelf and keep the brace hinge in place.