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Building Shelves in My Garageby HomeRepairExpert.com
Garage shelves don't have to be pretty, just functional.
Things You'll Need
- 2- by 4-inch pieces of lumber; each piece is commonly called a 2-by-4
- 1/2 or 5/8-inch thick sheets plywood
- Circular saw
- Measuring tape
- Drill and #2 Phillips bit
- 1-inch metal corner brackets
- 3/4-, 1 5/8- and 3-inch screws
Step 1Measure the length and width of shelving you need. Cut the number of desired shelves from plywood. For each shelf, cut a corresponding length from 2-by-4s.
Step 2Affix the 2-by-4s you have cut to the wall at the desired positions of the shelves. Use the level to ensure they are horizontal. Screw the 2-by-4s to the wall studs with 3-inch screws. Typical vertical spacing is between 12 and 16 inches, but they can be spaced at your discretion.
Step 3Set each shelf on top of a 2-by-4 so it is flush against the wall. Screw the shelf into the 2-by-4 with 1 5/8-inch screws.
Step 4Attach corner brackets on the bottom of the two front corners of each shelf so the brackets are facing down and are flush with the front edge of the shelf. Screw the brackets into the shelf with 3/4-inch screws.
Step 5Cut two more 2-by-4s equal to the distance from the floor to the top shelf, as measured from the side of the shelf that's against the wall. You can make this 6 inches to a foot longer if you like.
Step 6Set one of these 2-by-4s against one of the front corner of the shelves. Set the level on the top shelf and move the corner until the shelf is level. Screw the corner bracket into the 2-by-4 with 1-5/8-inch screws. Repeat with all the other shelves, checking with the level that the 2-by-4 is straight. Repeat the process with the other 2-by-4 for the remaining front corner.
Tips and Warnings
- You can refine this design by using pine or fir instead of plywood, and 2-by-2s instead of 2-by-4s.
- Give the shelves a finish coat with varnish or polyurethane to protect against motor oil or other liquid materials
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