Building free-standing shelving for the basement or garage can really add to your storage needs. By building free-standing shelving, you have the option of relocating them to a new location anytime. In this post, yes you guessed it! We’re going to build free standing shelving out of wood! But of course, there are other alternatives out there. If you don’t want to construct your shelving out of wood, but would rather have the main-frame out of metal, you could check out Maker Pipe for further information and support. Without further ado, let’s begin!
Building free-standing shelves do not have to be expensive.
Depending on the length and height of your shelves, draw out a sketch of your shelves. Show all measurements on your sketch.
6) 2x4x12′ Beams
(6) 2x4x7″ Vertical supports
(3) 2x4x10′ Frame pieces
(2) full sheet 4’x8′ 3/8″ plywood, plus additional 2’x4′ piece (or you can use 1/2′ OSB) cut to 2’x8′ (actually they will be 23 7/8″ x 8′) Shelving surface material
3″ drywall screws or 3″ nails
Some 1 1/4″ drywall screws
Drill or impact driver
A hand saw or mitre saw / circular saw
Using a tape measure, square and pencil, mark out the:-
This is all done before assembly.
Cut out the length of the frame along with the end frame pieces. This can be cut on the mitre saw with a stop block clamped to the fence.
Once all the frames pieces are cut, assembly of the frames can take place.