How to Build Utility Shelves
Measure 2 inches in from each end of 1x4 (B) in stile assemblies. Drill five evenly spaced, countersunk holes for #8x1-1/2-inch flathead wood screws. Drive the screws, then sand the edges.Step 2
Crosscut 2x4 material to 36 inches in length to make two base rails (C). Break the rail edges with sandpaper.Step 3
Using a stop block to ensure identical length, crosscut 1x2 material to length for front and back rails (E). Repeat for eight side rails (F).Step 4 Use a Stop Block: Cutting a Consistent Length
When you have several parts to crosscut to the same length, clamp a stop block to your crosscutting jig or worktable at the desired length. Butt each board up to the stop block to make the cut.Brush on Glue
Use a small foam or stiff-bristle brush to spread glue on narrow surfaces, such as the edge of a 2x4. Either squeeze ribbons of glue directly from the bottle or dip the brush into a small container of glue.Safety First: No Chopping with a Chop Saw
Power miter saws, often called chop saws in the building trade, are accurate tools that simplify crosscutting and cutting at angles. They cut quickly, but users sometimes try to rush the cut by forcing the blade into the wood, or chopping, which is dangerous.
Let the blade cut the wood at its own pace. Use one hand to pull on the saw with just enough force to lower it; keep the other hand away from the blade, firmly holding the board in place against the fence.
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