Cheap adjustable shelving

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Blog entry by devann posted 01-28-2011 08:08 AM 2550 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s an example if an adjustable shelf I made that’s very inexpensive. You can make this project whatever size you need. I used two 2×6 for the legs. I cut dados every 9” slightly wider than the plywood shelf. I used my router with a templete bit and a jig that I use when I make bookcases. Then I ripped the 2×6s in half to give me four legs. After that I routed the outside of the legs with a roundover bit.

For the shelving I used plywood cut to the size shelf I needed and then drilled two pocket holes in each corner on the bottem side. I then installed T-nuts and carriage bolts at the bottem of the legs so I could level the shelf. A couple rips to brace the back and you’re done fabricating. Assemble by installing the top and bottem plywood shelf, stand up, level and plumb the unit securing the X-brace. Then install plywood shelves into the desired grooves and fasten.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#1 posted 01-28-2011 03:05 PM

Handy shelf idea Darrell. Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 01-28-2011 04:33 PM

Very nice looking sturdy shelves, I like the look of that walnut? on the bottom shelf that is waiting for
another project.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 01-28-2011 08:05 PM

No Gus, it’s ipe (pronounced epay). Comes from South America. A client of mine that buys a lot of projects from went dumpster diving to retrieve that. When black walnut stain is used the tight grain really stands out. It is super hard, making it super hard to work with. It’s hell on your cutters, they get that hot. Can’t hardly seem to slow them down enough. I sanded 12 mitered corners for picture frames out of stock that was about 2 1/2” wide and it “melted” a fairly new 1/4 pad sander, not the motor, the part that holds the pad to the motor. I’m thinking it’ll make good drumsticks.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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