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DIY Plywood Shelves

  • November 1, 2017


This DIY plywood shelving system is made out of ¾” sanded pine plywood from Home Depot. This system can be modified to fit all sorts of shelving and home office needs but should be fastened to the structural members behind the gypsum board of the wall it is being installed on.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      CUT THE PLYWOOD I clamped a straight edge to the plywood to use as a guide and made long rip cuts with my circular saw. I then cut the strips of plywood that I ripped to length.

    2. Step: 2

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      Glue the Strips together I glued the 2-inch wide strips together in pairs to make spines that will support the shelves.

    3. Step: 3

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      cut triangular supports. I made triangular supports out by cutting triangles that are as long as the shelf boards are wide.

    4. Step: 4

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      Sand the pieces I used 120 grit sand paper to smooth down the rough cut edges of the triangles and shelf boards.

    5. Step: 5

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      sand the spines I used my orbital sander with 120 grit pads to sand down the glued together spines so that the layers of plywood would be flush.

    6. Step: 6

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      trim the spines I used my circular saw to trim the edges of the glued together spines and cut the corners at 45 degrees. This is just for aesthetic reasons and isn’t necessary.

    7. Step: 7

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      Screw the spines to the support strips. I screwed 3.5” wide strips of plywood to the backs of the glued together spines. I only used a few finish screws on the front side and provided the majority of the strength by screwing 6 screws from the back. I used finish screws to minimize the appearance of the screw heads.

    8. Step: 8

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      mount to the wall. I used my stud finder to locate the studs behind the gypsum board and then screwed through the strips of plywood, through the gypsum board and into the studs. Typically studs in walls are every 16” on center. I skipped every other stud and screwed my supports about 32” apart from each other. I used a level to make sure the supports were vertical.

    9. Step: 9

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      cut notches in shelf boards Now that the vertical supports are mounted I can measure the locations of notches in the shelf boards so that they will fit flush to the plywood strips. I drilled holes and then cut out notches with my jigsaw.

    10. Step: 10

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      screw triangles to vertical supports I used finish screws to screw the triangles to the vertical supports. I used a square to make sure the supports were perpendicular.

    11. Step: 11

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      secure and modify Some of the plywood boards a bit warped but a few finish screws through the shelf boards and into the triangular supports straightens them out and secures them. I wanted to use the widest shelf as a desk so I cut out a piece of the shelf above it to make room for a computer.

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DIY Plywood Shelves

by Homemade Modern
Nov 01, 2017
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This DIY plywood shelving system is made out of ¾” sanded pine plywood from Home Depot. This system can be modified to fit all sorts of shelving and home office needs but should be fastened to the structural members behind the gypsum board of the wall it is being installed on.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 4e401d8a 4c02 4503 90b2 f54e82897f66

    CUT THE PLYWOOD I clamped a straight edge to the plywood to use as a guide and made long rip cuts with my circular saw. I then cut the strips of plywood that I ripped to length.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge fa368588 d33e 4aa0 8ea7 344e4b67a02c

    Glue the Strips together I glued the 2-inch wide strips together in pairs to make spines that will support the shelves.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 494f69b8 a502 4d21 989e bee87d9d936b

    cut triangular supports. I made triangular supports out by cutting triangles that are as long as the shelf boards are wide.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge fc0c0767 0064 4dac 9928 ba6966470a8a

    Sand the pieces I used 120 grit sand paper to smooth down the rough cut edges of the triangles and shelf boards.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge d7ec019b da78 4764 bb17 b2c30a7aac6d

    sand the spines I used my orbital sander with 120 grit pads to sand down the glued together spines so that the layers of plywood would be flush.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge bf5f21c4 38f5 462c b1a0 97ba22c6beb3

    trim the spines I used my circular saw to trim the edges of the glued together spines and cut the corners at 45 degrees. This is just for aesthetic reasons and isn’t necessary.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 800df1b4 3f8d 47cc ab5e 042645cf9d1d

    Screw the spines to the support strips. I screwed 3.5” wide strips of plywood to the backs of the glued together spines. I only used a few finish screws on the front side and provided the majority of the strength by screwing 6 screws from the back. I used finish screws to minimize the appearance of the screw heads.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 9dae9062 ec16 4a06 bfb0 afde496495b1

    mount to the wall. I used my stud finder to locate the studs behind the gypsum board and then screwed through the strips of plywood, through the gypsum board and into the studs. Typically studs in walls are every 16” on center. I skipped every other stud and screwed my supports about 32” apart from each other. I used a level to make sure the supports were vertical.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 4e3f61e8 86c9 4e0a ac45 bf6741686f47

    cut notches in shelf boards Now that the vertical supports are mounted I can measure the locations of notches in the shelf boards so that they will fit flush to the plywood strips. I drilled holes and then cut out notches with my jigsaw.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge 4acb4b6a e5be 4110 ad8b 7dec64810ab6

    screw triangles to vertical supports I used finish screws to screw the triangles to the vertical supports. I used a square to make sure the supports were perpendicular.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge 53081ed6 6a3f 4362 861f c61d9d91862e

    secure and modify Some of the plywood boards a bit warped but a few finish screws through the shelf boards and into the triangular supports straightens them out and secures them. I wanted to use the widest shelf as a desk so I cut out a piece of the shelf above it to make room for a computer.