How to Build Utility Shelves
The basic design of this utility shelving unit is adaptable enough that it can be used in a garage, large storage closet, or basement. Add as many shelves as you want between the bottom and the top; just shorten the shelf supports for more shelves or lengthen them for taller spaces to store large items. You can easily change this unit's structural dimensions to make it deeper, longer, or taller.
The unit uses softwood plywood and pine construction -- materials readily available at home centers and lumberyards. Its only finish is a coat of marine spar varnish to make cleaning it easier. You could paint the piece in enamel for use elsewhere in the house.
About 4 hours
Tape measure, carpenter's square, power saw, electric drill/driver, countersink bit, drill bits, level, clamps, hammer, sander
Sawing and measuring
Organize tools and materials; prepare a work area.
- Extra Storage Space to Your Home
- Choosing the Right Tool for Your Built-in Project
- Choosing Shelving Materials & Hardware
- Mastering Basic Woodworking & Carpentry Skills
- Joinery: Assembling Your Project's Wooden Parts & Subassemblies
- How to Finish Wood
- Build a Bookcase to Fit Your Style and Needs
- Add Extra Storage Space to Your Home