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Built-In Shelves

Create all the space you need with these DIY Built-in Shelves by Ana White. This design offers great storage and easy access for just about anything! Download the plans and start turning your space into your own Dream Workshop.

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Mark out all the studs in the wall and attach a 2x4 in the desired shelving length to the studs in the wall. You can also piece 2x4s (for example,we used two 8 foot long 2x4s to create a 16 foot section, and half of one to create 4 foot
sections) - just make sure you adequately attach to studs in wall.
Use 3” or longer screws (depending on wall construction). Use a level to make sure you attach the 2x4 to the wall level. Self-tapping wood screws will make your job much easier.


Mark out all the studs in the wall and attach a 2x4 in the desired shelving length to the studs in the wall. You can also piece 2x4s (for example,we used two 8 foot long 2x4s to create a 16 foot section, and half of one to create 4 foot
sections) - just make sure you adequately attach to studs in wall.
Use 3” or longer screws (depending on wall construction). Use a level to make sure you attach the 2x4 to the wall level. Self-tapping wood screws will make your job much easier.
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Once you have the rst one up, you can just measure o of it to at- tach your remaining shelf boards. We suggest guring shelf heights to t totes, tools, or whatever you may be storing in these shelves.


Once you have the  rst one up, you can just measure o  of it to at- tach your remaining shelf boards. We suggest  guring shelf heights to  t totes, tools, or whatever you may be storing in these shelves.
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Next, screw a second 2x4 to the rst 2x4, in the same length. Don’t screw the screw all the way in, and only put two screws in each board. These are just to hold the boards in place.


Next, screw a second 2x4 to the  rst 2x4, in the same length. Don’t screw the screw all the way in, and only put two screws in each board. These are just to hold the boards in place.
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Next, cut 2x4s to the height of your shelving and screw to the outside 2x4 with 3” or shorter screws. You’ll want a leg on each end and middle legs depending on how long your shelves span.


Next, cut 2x4s to the height of your shelving and screw to the outside 2x4 with 3” or shorter screws. You’ll want a leg on each end and middle legs depending on how long your shelves span.
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Now unscrew those screws that attached the second 2x4s to the rst ones, and remove the upright leg and crossbar.


Now unscrew those screws that attached the second 2x4s to the  rst ones, and remove the upright leg and crossbar.
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Cut 2x4s to 3” less than our plywood shelving pieces, drill pocket holes in one side, and attach to the rst shelf boards. If you don’t have a pocket hole jig, you can drive screws at an angle into the rst row of 2x4 boards.


Cut 2x4s to 3” less than our plywood shelving pieces, drill pocket holes in one side, and attach to the  rst shelf boards. If you don’t have a pocket hole jig, you can drive screws at an angle into the  rst row of 2x4 boards.
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Bring the leg set up to the cleats, and screw it to the cleats using 3” screws. Then put a screw through the front shelf bar to attach to the cleats.


Bring the leg set up to the cleats, and screw it to the cleats using 3” screws. Then put a screw through the front shelf bar to attach to the cleats.
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We ripped plywood into quarters so it would t easily inside the shelves. We used 1/2” plywood, but go up to 5/8” or 3/4” if you decide to not use as many cleats.


We ripped plywood into quarters so it would  t easily inside the shelves. We used 1/2” plywood, but go up to 5/8” or 3/4” if you decide to not use as many cleats.
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Ian Charette-Brousseau
Ian Charette-Brousseau

Hi Ana,

Greetings from Montreal, Canada! Great project! I was taking a look at the shelves and was wondering... is the left part really 8 feet long? If both your carts are 40 inches long and you add both 2x4 (7 inches total), I come up with 87 inches total... There is a difference of 9 inches.

I want to know because my garage wall is a bit small for a 16 feet unit and it would actually be a good thing if it was smaller than what is written on the plan! Can you detail the dimensions of the whole unit so I can check if it fits my space?

Thank you so much!

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Hi Ian! Glad you're a fan of this project! If you haven't already, check out the blue "View Project PDF" link above that gives more details that may be helpful. The total dimensions of this project are: 192 x 24 x 84

Chris Tab
Chris Tab

Hi, I just completed the project. Although mine is not for a shop but rather for storage. It will be for a shop once I convince my wife to get rid of everything. One note on the plans: the materials page says 3/8 plywood is used (which I purchased) and in the steps it says 1/2 inch plywood was used for the shelves. I wish I would have read through the plans first as 3/8 inch plywood is pretty flimsy but functional for light items.

Overall, great plans so thanks for sharing!

Chris

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Project Information

Difficulty: Easy
Categories: Furniture, Garage

Materials Used:

  • 3” or longer self-tapping wood screws

  • (3) 3/8” plywood sheets

  • (12) 2” x 4” x 8’

  • pocket hole tool


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