Saturday, October 17, 2015

Storage Shelves For Coworker

Building some storage shelves for a coworker

Difficulty Level (Easy, Medium, Hard, Insane):

I've built a fair number of these types of shelves for my own house so I knew they would be fairly easy to make and extremely sturdy.

I basically cut the shelves out of 3/4" OSB material to 8' by 2' wide, cut a bunch of 2x4s down to 2x2s, glued and nailed them to the shelves, then screwed metal brackets to the vertical support legs and loaded everything in the van.

Once I was at his place all i had to do is screw the back legs to the wall, have him hold up the front leg while I lifted the shelf up on the brackets and screwed it together with some 1-1/2" screws.

It did get a bit tricky because of the garage door tracks which I didn't know were there so we ended up doing some creative supporting for the top shelves for one unit and cut some of top shelves off some of the other two units. With the extra shelves I ended up building another 4' wide fourth unit with 5 shelves.


The plans for spacing out the shelves
The 2x4s and the 3/4" OSB shelves
Getting ready to glue the 2x4s to the shelves
The 18 8'x2' shelves ready
The shelves stacked up on my work bench
Getting ready to make the vertical support legs
Marking the height of the shelves on the support legs
A close up view of the support legs
A close-up of where the shelves will go
Getting ready to install the brackets
Placing the brackets in their position
After the brackets were screwed to the support legs
All the brackets screwed to the support legs

Loading it all in the van
Laying out the shelves in the garage
Two units done
Three units done
Air compressor
Framing nailer
Table saw
Chop saw
Circular saw
Measuring tape

Nine 4'x8' sheets of 3/4" OSB
Forty 8' long 2x4s
Ten 10' long 2x4s
116 angle brackets
232 1-1/2" screws
20 3-1/2" screws



They are super sturdy and will definitely last for many, many years


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