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drpdrp

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508 days ago

A proud but poor friend of mine has asked for some help getting her daughter’s room organized. She is willing to let me give her labor- but not money. So, I am looking for shelf design options that are long on shelf-ness, but short on material costs.

Suggestions?


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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 508 days ago

Concrete blocks and 2×8’s.

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JoeinGa

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#2 posted 508 days ago

Plywood… make simple bookcases and paint ‘em

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Kaleb the Swede

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#3 posted 508 days ago

Not sure what type of shelf you are looking for. Book shelf, or simply storage shelf. I built my first ever project to store my books on with only plywood. It was 7 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Cost about 200 for me to make because I used maple veneered plywood. But that price can probably be cut in half using a lesser grade. If you need some pictures just let me know (bear in mind it was my first project, it’s not on the pretty side). I didn’t even know what a dado was at that point so I used squares of the plywood to create the dados that held the shelf in place. Other than that I did a search and saw this website http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-easy-low-waste-bookshelves. Might be worth looking at, they can be built to size of the room. And if you use low cost material, probably relatively inexpensive. Hope this helps

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dhazelton

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#4 posted 507 days ago

MDF shelving with a 1×2 pine stiffener on the front and L-shaped shelf standards would be dirt cheap. If you want cheaper look on the free section of CL for bookcases.

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Puzzleman

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#5 posted 507 days ago

My first bookcase was built with milk crates and scrap 2×4’s from a building site. Screwed and nailed the 2×4’s together to make each shelf.

I’m sure that you can find scrap lumber enough to make a functioning set of bookcases.

-- Jim Beachler, Chief Puzzler, http://www.hollowwoodworks.com

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ADHDan

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#6 posted 507 days ago

Depends on what you want them to store. I made relatively sturdy floating shelves almost for free. For the wall mount brackets, I used scrap 3/4 oak; I pocket-screwed “fingers” at intervals along long strips to provide support in a sort of torsion box fashion. For the shelves, I used whatever framing lumber I had laying around to make a hollow box with 1/8” veneered plywood for the tops and bottoms. Then, I glued a cedar frame around the perimeter.

All of this was made with scrap from the Home Depot cull bin. I don’t think it cost more than $5 total.

This is the basic design I used: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IE3-KYajhyU/T1VaHw8sQiI/AAAAAAAABZ4/vHRKcAV33xQ/s1600/ana-pic5.jpeg. Except I glued on a cedar wraparound, which added a 1/2” lip to the shelves to prevent items from sliping off.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#7 posted 507 days ago

Poplar or pine shelves joined with pocket screws.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#8 posted 507 days ago

Here’s one I made for my daughter’s closet. We bought canvas bins from target to fit in each square, but that’s optional. Each block is 12”x12”, again, optional. I used 1/2” maple ply from home depot, iron-on edge banding, and pocket-hole joinery, I got it all cut in maybe 3 hours. Finished with walnut dye, sanding sealer, and poly. I think the total cost was under $75 (not including the bins).

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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drpdrp

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#9 posted 503 days ago

Ha! I too did milk crate bookshelves as a young man. Semi-cool story actually. I am a HUGE book nerd. Nowadays I get rid of them as fast as I read them- but as a youngling I thought having a library of my own was awesome. My first place was a 3 bedroom house rented with two room mates- also huge book nerds. We raided multiple local groceries for milk crates and then bought 1×10 or such stock. We had about 70 linear feet of 6 foot high milk crate shelving. Ah the days…

Anyway- I’m enjoying how this project is working out. I trolled Craigslist for a day or so until I found a free entertainment unit somebody had stashed on the side of their house. (I would’ve taken an actual bookshelf too-but beggers can’t be choosers and all). I broke it all down into its component lumber bits and there was a surprisingly large amount of nice straight pine- much in complete glue-ups.

I hope to get it all planned, sanded, and cut Monday. I will post pics here when I am done.

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drpdrp

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#10 posted 497 days ago

Okay- so I trolled Craigslist for a couple days sending emails to any random “real wood” stuff being given away for free. Eventually I hit paydirt with a little TV entertainment unit thing somebody wanted out of the yard.

I picked it up, brought it home, tore it down, cleaned up the wood, and build these! I got 10 shelves out of it. 4 four footers and 6 a little shorter. The shelves are made from the sides and shelves. The supports are made from the sides and backs of the drawers. The apron like part of the support for the 6 are leftover pallet bits. The other four got 1×4 stock I had sitting around from my old workbench.

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Roadmaster

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#11 posted 497 days ago

Nice! I scored an old cedar armoire for free off Craigslist not too long ago. The donor had ripped it in half with a circular saw. After I disassembled it, I made two small projects with it. Still have a ton of wood left over.

-- ./kevin

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drpdrp

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#12 posted 497 days ago

Here are more pics if anyone wants:

http://dickle.shutterfly.com/pictures/1429

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