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Measure Width of Shelves

Measure out the desired width of the shelves. This will also be the same measurement for your ledger.

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Transfer Measurements

Transfer the measurements to either five quarter board or MDF.

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Make Cuts

Make cuts using a chop saw.

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Rip Down MDF

Rip down the five quarter board or MDF to 2 inches using a table saw; this will be the thickness of all your stock.

Step 5

Measure and Cut Stock Pieces

Measure and cut all stock pieces to size to create the ledger, down supports and 45-degree angle braces.

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Angle Bottom Edges

Angle the bottom edges on all of the down supports to give it a finished look, which is known as a chamfered edge.

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Make 45-Degree Cuts

Make a 45-degree cut on each end of all of the angle braces.

Step 8

Measure for Location of Down Supports

Measure 4 inches from the outside edge of the ledger to determine where the down supports will be attached.

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Attach Down Supports

Attach the down supports to the ledger using a pocket jig.

Step 10

Measure and Cut Each Shelving Unit

After all the supports and ledgers are assembled, measure and cut out each shelving unit that corresponds with the assembled support.

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Measure Height of Shelves

To determine the height of the shelves, measure and mark out the height of the backsplash, which is always 18 1/2 inches up from the top of the countertops. Allow 10 to 12 inches in between the upper and lower shelving unit.

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Install Ledgers

Make sure your ledger is level and draw a faint line to mark out exactly where it is getting mounted. Use 2 1/2-inch trim screws to secure the ledger.

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Attach Shelves

Attach the shelves by screwing down through the top of the shelving unit into the ledger.

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Attach Angle Braces

Make sure the shelf is level, and attach the 45-degree angle braces.

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Install Remaining Shelves

Once the first shelving unit is complete, repeat these steps for the remaining shelves.