This step by step diy woodworking project is about storage shelves plans. If you want to learn more about building storage shelves out of 2×4 slats, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. There are so many designs and plans to choose from when building shelves, so make sure you take a look over the related woodworking projects that are featured on our site.
Before starting the actual construction project, we recommend you to plan everything, as to save money and to keep the costs under control. Adjust the size and the design of the shelves to suit your needs. In addition, we recommend you to invest in high-quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar, as they have a nice finish and are highly durable, especially in a humid environment.
If you don’t have a rich expertise in woodworking field, you should ask a friend to give you a hand with the project. There are many things that you could go wrong, so make sure you plan everything and invest in quality materials. Select the lumber with attention, making sure the components are perfectly straight and in a very good condition. Use a carpentry square to check if the corners are right-angled.
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Storage Shelves Plans
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- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long LEGS
- B – 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 17 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 10 piece of 2×4 lumber – 36″ long, 6 pieces – 33″ long SHELVES
- D – 6 piece of 2×4 lumber – 21 3/4″ long TRIMS
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- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
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- Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
- Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface
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- One Day
Building storage shelves
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the sides of the storage shelves. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to build the legs and the supports out of 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the components together properly. Make sure the corners are square and add glue to the joints to enhance the bond of the components.
Next, you have to lock the sides of the shelves together using 2×4 supports, as in the diagram. Plumb the sides with a spirit level before inserting the screws and make sure the corners are square.
Continue the project by fitting the slats to the shelves structure. Cut the components at the right size and secure them to the supports using 2 1/2″ s screws. Leave no gaps between the components and drill pilot holes before inserting the screws.
In order to enhance the look of the shelves, we recommend you to fit trims to the sides of the shelves. Cut the ends of the supports at the right angle and smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper. Fit the trims to the sides and secure them to the legs using 1 1/4″ screws. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws and add glue to the joints.
Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues.
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