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How to Build Slotted Shelves

Turn empty wall space into storage space with slotted shelves. DIY experts show how to make a slotted shelf of any size.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Make Marks on the Wood Strips

Make evenly spaced marks along the two 2"x4" wood strips at the points where the shelves will be placed.

Step 2: Cut the Strips of Wood

Set the height of the table-saw blade to 1 1/2". Tilt the blade of the saw to 45 degrees. Cut through each pencil mark in the two strips of wood.

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Step 3: Cut Between Each Slot Set

To make wider slots, use a chisel and a hammer to cut out the area between each set of slots.

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Step 4: Screw the Wood to the Board

Screw the two strips of wood to either side of the 3/4"-thick plywood board.

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