Win a copy of Landrace Gardening this week in the Seeds and Breeding forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market pie forums private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Pearl Sutton
  • r ranson
  • paul wheaton
  • Mike Haasl
  • Burra Maluca
master gardeners:
  • Greg Martin
  • jordan barton
  • Carla Burke
  • Leigh Tate
  • Jay Angler
  • John F Dean
  • Steve Thorn

Basic shelves - PEP BB dimensional.straw.shelves

BB dimensional lumber woodworking - straw badge
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Dimensional Lumber Woodworking.

Who couldn't use shelves?  Let's make some!

There are myriad ways to build sturdy, simple shelves.  YouTube has many videos of different methods so pick one that fits your needs.  A 6' span is nothing to sneeze at so build it sturdily.  Be extra careful if it is intended for canning jars, earthquake prone areas or for use near kids who like to climb.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - custom sized for a need
 - 8 to 24 inches deep
 - made with dimensional lumber (no plywood, osb, etc)
 - screws with clearance holes
 - at least two shelves high
 - at least six feet wide
 - possibly free standing, possibly attached to an existing wall

To document completion of the BB, provide photos or video (<2 min) of the following:
 - Several times during construction
 - The finished shelving.  Close enough to see the materials and general assembly.
Posts: 327
Location: Montana
cat foraging hunting tiny house bike fiber arts building medical herbs woodworking homestead
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
BB submission flagged incomplete
Not sure if this applies in terms of materials and whatnot, but I built these shelves in my van for storage. They're a little over 7' long, ~ 24" tall. Used 2"x2" for supports for most of it, and 1"x2" for lighter support area. It's screwed into the ceiling frame, which is 2x2 steel tubing, with beefy self-tappers. Screwed into the wall framing with L-brackets to support the wood. The facing boards are 1x4 red cedar, which had pilot holes drilled into the supports behind, then screwed together. The cedar boards are connected in the back with flat T-brackets. Fun part was the angle everything had to be at since the roof wall slants inward toward the ceiling. Wood on the side of the cabinet is some scrap 1/4" project ply I had leftover from other parts of the van build. Stapled that to the 2x2 supports. So, it's not in a sticks and bricks home, but it's as earthquaky as possible in there and it's holding together fantastically. Haven't had any issues or screws working themselves out. Didn't use any glue. Decided to go with the wire rack (which I got from the Habitat ReStore) because it's lightweight and allows air flow.
Wall supports attached to framing
Wall supports attached to framing
Front to back view
Front to back view
Back to front view
Back to front view
Staff note (gir bot) :

Mike Haasl flagged this submission as not complete.
BBV price: 1
Note: Sorry, no plywood or wire shelving

Without subsidies, chem-ag food costs four times more than organic. Or this tiny ad:
advertising for free (and not-free) on
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic