How to build shed shelves

This step by step diy article is about how to build shed shelves. Building heavy duty shelves for your shed is always a good idea, if you have lots of items to store. In order to get the job done by yourself, you can use left over lumber, as it it always best to start a project, rather than trow it. Any homeowner with average woodworking skill can do this project, as you just need to make a few cuts and align the components thoroughly.

If you want to store large and heavy items on the shelves, we strongly recommend you to secure the brackets to the studs and to add front legs. In this manner, the frame of the shelves will be rigid and support a lot of weight, without damaging it.

 

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In order to build a shed shelves, you needs the following:

 

Materials

  • A – 2×4 lumber LEGS
  • B – 2×4 lumber BRACKETS
  • C – 2×4 lumber BRACES
  • D – 2×4 lumber or 3/4” plywood SHELVES
  • 3” wood screws, 2” wood screws SCREWS

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Pre-drill holes in the wooden components, before driving in the screws
  • Smooth the exposed edges, by using a router with a 1/4” bit

 

Time

  • 4 hours

 

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Building shelves for a shed

Building shelves for a shed

Building shelves for a shed

 

Building shelves for a shed can be done in several ways, so you should choose the alternative that fits your needs. You could attach the brackets at angle and build the shelves without installing the front legs. On the other hand, you can follow our instructions and build some really sturdy shelves.

Smart Tip: Drill pilot holes trough the components, before driving in the 3” screws into place, to prevent the wood from splitting. Remember that all the dimensions are random, so you should adjust the width, length and the number of shelves, according to your needs.

 

 

How to build shed shelves

Building the frame of the shelves

Building the frame of the shelves

 

The first step of the project is to install the front legs and the brackets int place, as in the image. As you can easily notice in the image, you need to use 2×4 lumber and to secure the components to the wooden studs of the shed.

Smart Tip: Use a spirit level to level both the brackets and to make sure the front legs are plumb.

 

Installing the braces

Installing the braces

 

Next, you need to install the braces, as in the plans. In order to get a professional result, you need to make sure the frames are placed equally spaced, bot at top and bottom. Drill pilot holes trough the braces, and insert the 3” wood screws into place.

 

Installing the shelves

Installing the shelves

 

Afterwards, attach the shelves into place and lock them tightly with 2” screws. As you can see in the image, you can build the shelves either from 3/4” plywood or from 2×4 slats. Align the shelves, making sure they are flush with the edges, before driving in the screws.

Smart Tip: As you can see plans, you have to notch the bottom shelf, as to fit around the legs easily. Use a jigsaw to get accurate results.

 

How to build shed shelves

How to build shed shelves

 

Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, you could fill the holes with wood filler, as to get a smooth surface. After the compound dries out, you should sand the area, along the grain, using 120-git sandpaper.

Smart Tip: Clean the residues, apply a good wood primer and cover the shelves with stain, if you want to protect them from rot, or you just want to enhance the look of the shelves.

 

 

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