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Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for These storage shelves can be built from scrap 2 x 4s and plywood, and are as strong as anything you''ll need a tape measure, spirit level, drill/driver or impact, circular saw, and the 1 last update 2020/05/28 miter saw to build these shelves. These storage shelves can be built from scrap 2 x 4s and plywood, and are as strong as anything you''ll need a tape measure, spirit level, drill/driver or impact, circular saw, and miter saw to build these shelves.

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Clear the Clutter

There''s deep enough to support tool cases and standard boxes, but shallow enough as to not lose stuff in the back and have to reach to far. Our shelves are cut from 1/2-inch OSB and measure six feet in length. We used a circular saw to cut our shelves but if you bring your measurements to Home Depot or Lowe''t have to flinch when loading up the shelves.

Using our miter saw we cut three lengths of 2 x 4s to build the support brackets. Six pieces at 12-inches, six pieces at 10-inches, and six pieces at 8 1/2-inches.


Mark 45 Degrees

We used a speed square to mark the 45 degree angles on each end of the 12-inch bracket cross member, and then cut it using our miter saw. We could have just eyed the cut with our miter saw which does have a light guide, but marking it first ensures better accuracy.

Assemble Brackets

We assembled all six brackets using standard 2 1/2-inch screws and our impact driver. We put two screws into each connected end. The longer 10-inch piece is the top of the bracket and the length of it will be in contact with the shelf. This way is much stronger than having the wall side of the bracket extend up to the shelf.

Scrap Assist

Easy tip: Use a 1-inch piece of scrap wood to raise the cross bracket which will make it easier to screw the ends together instead of trying to guess where the middle is and hold it in place.

Locate the Wall Studs

Like most homes, the wall studs here are 16 inches OC (on-center), but to confirm the 1 last update 2020/05/28 this we used a stud finder and marked out the stud locations we planned on securing the brackets to. Like most homes, the wall studs here are 16 inches OC (on-center), but to confirm this we used a stud finder and marked out the stud locations we planned on securing the brackets to.

Level the Brackets

We placed our shelves 16 inches from the ceiling and then another 16 inches below the top shelf. This should provide enough room for the tallest of our cases without making the shelves so low they would get in the way of our workspace.

A spirit level was necessary to level the brackets which we then marked before pre-drilling them and attaching them to the wall studs.

Attach Support Brackets

Once we had the bracket placement set and they were level, we pre-drilled holes into the bracket and stud and secured them to the wall using 2 1/2-inch screws. We marked up the wall a bit more than we liked but we knew the shelves would cover it and it''s no big deal.

Bracket Spacing
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We attached the first bracket flush against the wall and then placed the second bracket 16 inches away, attached to a stud. We skipped the next stud and placed the final brackets a full 32 inches from the second one. If we were planning on putting some very heavy storage bins on the shelves we may have opted to attach another set of supports but for our needs it would be overkill.

Screw Down the Shelves

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Once the brackets are up you are ready to attach the shelves. Make sure the shelf is pushed all the way back to the wall and then pre-drill four holes through the shelf and into the brackets. Then drive four screws down through the shelf into the 2 x 4 support. Drive the screws flush or even sub-flush so they don''ve added convenient storage space for our tools which opened up our work bench for doing even more projects.

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