Last year I embarked on project that included redoing the storage room in my shop and also building a gambrel style shed on my property. After completing this, I was looking at needing about 120 lineal feet of storage shelving for both. I didn’t want to go with a built in 2×4 constructed shelving unit as they are not adjustable, a pain to build/paint ( I have done it before) and more importantly I can’t take them with me if I ever move. I looked at the local borg and it would have been about $1k for what would have worked for me (which was too much), couldn’t find anything suitable on craigslist, so I decided to come up with a strong, easy to build, cheap, and removable storage shelving and this is it.
Each torsion box shelf is made from about 1 and 1/3 sheet of 7/16” osb, pl premium (or liquid nails), 1” brads, and ¼” by 7/8” crown staples.
I started out by ripping the 4×8 sheets in half and then ripping 3” sections. After that I cut the 3” sections to length.
Next I glued and used 1” brads to secure the sides using a template.
Apply glue to the top.
ecure the edges with staples.
Draw a line where the ribs are by using the brads as reference marks.
Now standing on top, staple the top to the ribs.
Now flip it over and repeat on the other side.
After the glue cures you can leave it as is or finish it further with routing, sanding and painting (which I did).
So just how strong is it? I don’t know but I gave it a test with the weight of my grizzly shaper (392lbs)
I made the end posts from laminated 2×4’s that where left over from my project and then used dowels to join them together. I used conduit hangin L brackets that I sourced off ebay to secure the shelves to the posts.
Once you get set up in assembly line mode, it all goes quickly. Painting is what too took the longest, but I think it makes for a better product and less dust.
Thanks for reading.
-- Matt, http://www.mhfinefurniture.com