Easy, Economical Garage Shelving from 2x4s

Free plans to build garage shelving using only 2x4s.  Easy and inexpensive, but sturdy and functional.  Includes video tutorial from ana-white.com

Author Notes: 

Thanks so much for watching my newest video on building a 20' long garage storage shelving unit!

I hope you enjoyed watching it as much as I enjoyed making the video and the storage unit!  It was fun!

Now it's your turn - here's the plans for the project!

Some project notes:

- You can make your shelving as long or short as you want.  

- The span between leg sets can be altered.  Mine are about 5' appart, and it's plenty strong.  I'd go wider (6') so that you can fit three of those giant storage totes per shelf.  According to the Sagulator you can put about 200 pounds on a six foot long shelf, made of 4 2x4 boards.  

- You can go taller if you want.

- You can add more shelves, at any height.

- Make sure you secure to the wall to prevent forward tipping or racking

Shopping List: 

2 - 10' long 2x4s PER Leg Support (I had 5 leg supports, so I bought 10)

4 - 2x4 - length of shelf PER SHELF (I bought 16 2x4 @ 20' long because I had 4 shelves, 20' long each)

2-1/2" self tapping wood screws 

2 1/2 inch screws
wood glue
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
sander
General Instructions: 

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!

Dimensions: 
72" tall x 20' long (or desired length)
Cut List: 

PER LEG SUPPORT

2 - 2x4 @ 72"

4 - 2x4 @ 17"

 

 

Step 1: 

Mark out placement of shelf supports on each of the legs.  Attach legs to shelf supports with 2-1/2" self tapping screws and glue.  

Step 2 Instructions: 

Mark out on 4 of the shelf boards the placement of the leg supports.  Attach 2 to top shelf and 2 to bottom shelf with screws.  I attached the outer boards first, flush to the inside of the leg boards.  This will create the basic shape of your shelving unit.

Adjust for square.  Then add remaining shelf boards and screw down.

Attach securely to wall to prevent forward tipping or racking.

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Jilly and Mia Workbench Console

Plans for Industrial Workbench Console from Ana-White.com

Author Notes: 

Oh.My.Goodness.

After so many of you have requested, I have a special plan treat for you today!!!!

I'm sure you've seen this utterly amazing found workbench that Jilly and Mia turned into a beautiful console by adding casters and a finish.

I'm so excited that Jilly and Mia are letting us share plans today so you can also have this beautiful console in your own home!!!!

How exciting is this????

For more photos and details (and to say thank you!) please visit Jilly and Mia here.

Plans follow!

Have a great weekend!

XO Ana + Family

Shopping List: 

8 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
3 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long
4 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
3 - 2x10 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long (could also use 2x4s)
4 - caster wheels
2-1/2" wood screws (get the self tapping torque head ones)
24 3" lag screws (for decorative exposed heads)
1-1/4" finish nails (for attaching bottom shelf boards)
2-1/2" pocket hole screws (you'll just need 8 for attaching bottom apron)

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
hammer
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
nailer
sander
countersink drill bit
General Instructions: 

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!

Dimensions: 
Dimensions shown above.
Cut List: 

4 - 2x4 @ 34-1/2" (longer leg pieces)
4 - 2x4 @ 31" (shorter leg pieces)
2 - 2x6 @ 22-1/4" (middle leg stretcher - passes through notches)
2 - 2x6 @ 13-3/4" (shorter bottom stretcher)
5 - 2x4 @ 20-3/4" (top "studs")
2 - 2x4 @ 88-1/2" (front/back top aprons)
2 - 2x6 @ 88-1/2" (bottom shelf front/back aprons)
2 - 2x4 @ 31" (center legs)
2 - 2x4 @ 22" (inside center legs)
2 - 2x2 @ 81" (could also use 2x4s - for setting shelf boards on top)
15 - 1x6 @ 20-3/4" (bottom shelf boards)
3 - 2x10 @ 8 feet long (top boards)

Step 1: 

Notch out the 8 leg pieces as shown here.

To notch out, set your circular saw blade to a depth of 3/4". Make cuts in notched area about every 1/4". Use a chisel to remove material from notched out areas after cutting.

Image from MakeZine

Step 2 Instructions: 

Fit the longer 2x6 inside the leg sets, attach with 2-1/2" screws from inside (starting screws on the longer 2x4) with glue.

Take care to make sure you are attaching square - you can use the shorter 2x6 as a spacer on the bottom (see next step) to help you here.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Attach bottom 2x6 with 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws. If you don't have a pocket hole jig you can alternatively attach by screwing at an angle with the 2-1/2" screws or you could notch as done with the upper 2x6 piece.

UPDATE: One of our readers suggested that when you attach this board with 1-1/2" pocket holes, the screw lands between the two leg boards. I suggest drilling 3/4" pocket holes instead (this will move the pocket hole inward enough) you can still use the 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Attach top 2x4 in place with 2-1/2" screws and glue. This completes the two leg sets.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Overhanging each end by 3/4" attach the aprons to the leg sets with the 3" decorative lag screws and glue. Be careful to measure and mark out the screw holes as the screw heads will be visible.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Attach 2x4 studs in between top aprons - these guys will support the tabletop in later steps.

Step 7 Instructions: 

Attach center leg to top and bottom aprons with 2-1/2" wood screws and glue.

Step 8 Instructions: 

Fill in void behind center leg with smaller 2x4.

Step 9 Instructions: 

Attach 2x2 cleats to insides of 2x6 aprons, about 3/4" down to allow for shelving boards (see next step).

Step 10 Instructions: 

Start in center and work outward, laying the 1x6 shelf boards down. The end 1x6s will need to be notched out with a jigsaw to allow for the legs to set inset.

Glue and nail down.

Step 11: 

Attach tabletop boards to studs and aprons on top with 2-1/2" screws and glue. Overhangs are even on ends and front/back.

Step 12: 

Attach casters to the bottom of legs.

Step 13: 

For finishing details, please visit Jilly and Mia.

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Emmie Storage Bench

DIY storage bench from one sheet of plywood!

Author Notes: 

Hello DIY Friends!!!

My sister has got just one month to go before my newest niece arrives! We are all very excited and can't wait to meet her!

But before new baby comes, my sister wanted to create storage for bigger sister, 20 month old Emmie. Something that a toddler could use to put her own toys and books away, and also climb on visitors could sit on for extra seating.

So with a month to go before new baby arrives, my sister bought a single sheet of plywood, and had the store rip it into three pieces, each 15-3/4" wide x 8 feet long. Then she took one of those strips, and had it cross cut into 6 pieces, each 12" long (see step 1 diagram for more information). That way she didn't have to use a table saw while pregnant, and the pieces are light and easy to manage and transport without a truck.

Then she just screwed the boards together with her Kreg Jig, stained it up, and added some $6 Target baskets and an animal and tree wall decal set for just $8
, and for about a TOTAL of $100 - she made this!



Emmie loves the bench because she can climb on it. She also likes to put her own toys away in the baskets. And it's a great little spot to read a book or two (or ten) before bedtime.

I'm so thrilled that I get to share these plans with you! Enjoy!

XO Ana + Family

Shopping List: 

1 - sheet of 3/4" thick plywood, ripped into strips 15-3/4" wide x 8 feet long
(36) Fine Thread 1-1/4" pocket hole screws
Stain or paint
Wood glue

OPTIONAL BACK
1 sheet of 1/4" thick plywood or other sheet goods
3/4" long nails to fit your finish nailer or staples

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
sander
General Instructions: 

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!

Dimensions: 
Dimensions shown above. NOTE: For standard bench height cut dividers at 16" instead of 12"
Cut List: 

2 - 3/4" plywood 15-3/4" wide x 8 feet long
6 - 3/4" plywood 15-3/4" wide x 12" long

Cutting Instructions: 
Step 1: 

Cut the plywood into strips 8 feet long x 15-3/4" wide. Discard the remaining scrap piece.
From one of the strips, cut 6 dividers, 12" long.

NOTE: If you wish to conceal front plywood edges, apply with an iron edge banding to the front of each of the plywood pieces.

NOTE: For true bench height, cut the dividers instead at 15-3/4"long.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Drill (3) 3/4" pocket holes on each end of each divider (6 total per divider).

Attach to top and bottom with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Attach 1/4" plywood to back for structure and stability (optional). Must be done if you do not attach with pocket hole screws to prevent project from racking to the side.

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Finish Used: 
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 If you wish to hide front plywood edges you could iron on edge banding to the exposed front plywood edges. I would recommend doing this before assembly.
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