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How to Build a Shelving Unit

The DIY to the Rescue crew shows you how to build a shelving unit.

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building a wall shelving unit
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    $100 - $250

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Step 1: Build the Shelving Supports

Cut a 30" piece of stock down to two 12-1/2" x 8" strips, beveling one front side.

Cut two 12-1/2" strips for each vertical support required for your design.

Cut the strips about 3 inches shorter than ceiling height, about 93" for a typical 8-foot ceiling.

Glue pairs of 12-1/2" strips together, beveling the edges in the front, creating the vertical support.

With the table saw still on a 45-degree angle, rip the 18" stock down to a 1-1/2" strip, beveling both sides.

Glue and nail the double-beveled strip onto the front of the vertical support.

Repeat this step for all of the vertical supports.

Step 2: Cut the Shelves Then Paint

Cut 11" shelves to length.

Use the remaining stock to cut 1-1/2" strips, not beveled.

Glue the strips to the underside of the shelf back.

Paint or stain all the pieces as desired then let dry completely.

Step 3: Locate the Studs

Locate and mark the studs in the wall that will receive the shelves.

Pre-drill the first shelf at the corresponding measurements with the stud locations. Pre-drill the second and third shelves at the locations of the studs.

Step 4: Hang the Shelves

Mount the first shelf to the wall, screwing into the studs.

Attach the vertical risers onto the first shelf.

Slide the second shelf onto the risers to rest on the pins in the risers.

Place the third shelf onto the top of the vertical risers and screw it into place into the risers.

Attach the second and third shelves to the wall using 3" wood screws in the pre-drilled holes.