Build the shelves
Photo 1: Rip the plywood top to width
Use a homemade saw guide and a circular saw, or a table saw, to cut the plywood for the 16-in.-wide top shelf.
Photo 2: Screw the framework together
Use all-purpose screws to secure the 1×8 back rim and 1×2 front rim to the 2×8 support block. Space the support blocks every 32 in.
Photo 3: Complete assembling the shelf
Install the plywood top, bottom shelf and the 1×2 and 1×3 lips. Use construction adhesive for added strength.
Photo 4: Secure the shelf to the wall
Use 4-in. lag or construction screws to secure the 1×8 back rim to the wall studs. Drive two screws into each stud—one high, one low.
This project has a 16-in. top shelf for big items, a 5-in. lower shelf and plenty of hook space. Need different size shelves or more space between them? It’s easy to modify this basic design. To build a saw guide like ours, learn how to create circular saw cutting guides for plywood.
Figure A: Garage Shelf
This shelf is 8 ft. long, but yours can be any length.
Required Tools for this Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
- Circular saw
- Cordless drill
- Table saw
Required Materials for this Project
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.
- All-purpose screws: 4 inch lag screws, 1-5/8 inch screws
- Plywood: 1x8, 1x2, 1x3, 2x8