Food Storage Shelf
Build a produce food storage drying rack! Free plans from Ana-White.com
4 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
14 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
7 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 ¼” and 2” finish nails
Recommend also 2 ½” PH screws
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
4 – 2x2 @ 41 ½” (legs)
16 – 1x3 @ 23 ½” (side drawer glides)
2 – 2x2 @ 41” (LP to SP, both ends cut at 60 degrees off square, ends parallel)
4 – 2x2 @ 20 ½” (longest points, one end cut at 60 degrees off square, other at 30 degrees off square, ends are cut in same direction but not parallel)
4 – 1x3 @ 25 ¼” (front/back supports)
14 – 1x2 @ 23 ½”
14 – 1x2 @ 20 ½”
49 – 1x3 @ 23 ½”
It is very important to make sure that the ends are built identical and square. The side rails will actually serve as drawer guides, so you will want to make sure the guides are attached square too. I recommend first taking all of your 2x2 legs and marking all of them at the same time with the side rail locations. Then you can attach. You can attach the siderails with 2” finish nails and glue.
Now the X braces will keep everything square. Some miter saws will cut a 60 degree angle, but if yours does not, you will need to mark the angle with a square or protractor and cut with a circular saw. Remember that the angle is 60 degrees OFF SQUARE, so this would mean 30 degrees from the edge of the board.
Attach the cross braces to all siderails and legs.
Once both legs are done, all you have to do is add the front/back supports.
And then build trays. Trays must be built square to slide right.
And then slide the drawers in!
Serena felt like the original instructions made the top shelf too tight for accessing produce, so we modified to place the front support on top. She blocked the front just for decorative purposes. This makes the top shelf much larger.