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HOW TO BUILD GARAGE SHELVES

I was really inspired by a Saint Louis home decorator, whom i hired to help finish up my garage; how he helped build a nice shelve and i had to put up an article explaining the process.

These are the necessary tools for this DIY project.

Cordless drill

Framing square

Tape measure

Build and assemble it quickly

  1. Mark the parts of the frame for quick assembly.

All the frames parts should be cut to length and then mark where the rails will  be screwed to each of the leg. Repeat the same thing on the 2x2s. This will make the whole thing to go together in a snap.

.Put the frame together

  1. The frames should be assembled.

If you work on top of a sheet of plywood, it will help in keeping each frame squared up.  The edges of the plywood should be used to line up, and also make sure you adjust things as you screw the frame together. Note that it always help if you pick the straightest lumber possible when you are shopping.

Install the shelves

  1. The shelves should be screwed on.

It is much more easier when installing the shelves in each frame if you have someone to help you hold the frames. If you are working alone, make one of the frames lean against the wall and then hold up the other frame while screwing the first shelf into place.

Screw the unit to the wall

  1. Fasten the shelves to the wall.

Each unit should be screwed to the wall through the top rail by using construction screws spaced every third stud. Though this shelf unit is really sturdy, make it more secure by screwing the units together through the front legs. Try to align the legs if your floor is uneven or sloped.

Install the middle cleats for the sliding bins

  1. Installation of cleats for slide-out bins.

In order to avoid stacking the small bins on top of one another, make sure you hang the top bins from cleats. Installation of the cleats will go really fast if you start your screws in each cleat first and later use a spacer to put a mark the cleat’s location as you screw it on.

If you hang the bins from cleats, it means you do not have to stack them on top of each other and also, you can slide them in and out easily.

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