|Project by Chris McDowell||posted 02-15-2014 09:46 PM||2519 views||11 times favorited||5 comments|
Picture #2 is before. Pictures #3 and #4 are after.
My wife has wanted me to add a shelf for our oldest daughter’s closet so that we can get some stuff off of the floor and so that she can have somewhere to hang all of her “dress up” clothes. I didn’t feel good about buying one of those cheap wire rack shelves like we already have in our closets. I decided to build my own. In the end, it cost about the same amount as it would have to buy one of the wire rack shelves and all the accoutrements that go with them which you need to attach them to the wall, but it was more fun and it feels a heck of a lot better knowing I did it myself. Plus, I was able to customize it like I wanted.
I used “premium pine” for the supports underneath. I bought some 1×4 material and cut the back support out and attached it to the wall first.
Then I cut out the other 4 supports I needed. I decided to add some detail to the front just for the heck of it. I drew the first one out, cut it with the jig saw, sanded to my line on the drum sander, then used the first one as a template for the other 3 and used carpet tape and a flush trim bit in the router. I drilled a 1&3/8” hole in all of them first.
I used pocket holes for the two middle brackets then I attached them all.
For the top I was going to make a panel out of some knotty pine and was pricing it all at Home Depot. They have these pre-laminated panels that you can buy and that seemed the easiest so I bought one and cut it to size.
I had previously bought a 1” dowel to use for hanging clothes, but I didn’t buy it long enough so I decided to cut it in half and leave the middle section open, which worked out because it allows room for the little bookshelves she has.
My wife doesn’t want to paint it. I added some pocket holes to the middle brackets so that the top can be secured from underneath, but I didn’t use them yet just in case she changes her mind. Once I know for sure I’ll add some screws there.
This was a fun, quick project that I started this morning and finished by 3pm. Of course, now she’s talking about me building a custom closet for her in our walk-in master closet…