Only If You Want Them To Look Right and Be Sturdy

When you look at set of storage shelves, they appear simple enough,

Sturdy wooden shelves built to bear significant storage weight in the garage or basement.

Sturdy Storage Shelves

even a bit roughly made and requiring no skills at staining furniture.  But, do you know how much weight they will bear?  If you do, do you also know the type material strong enough to hold that weight?  Do you know how far apart the support members must be to support the anticipated weight?  Safety alone is why you need a set of shelf plans.

Do you know what tools you will need to build these storage shelves?  Do you know which and how many fasteners you’ll need?  Will you need a circular saw, or maybe a band saw?  Will you need screws or nails or both?  Again, these questions will be answered for you, and accurately in a set of quality shelf plans.  This is ensure you will have what you need to build a quality project, and that you will  not be buying unnecessary items.

A good set of plans will tell tell you exactly which type of materials you will need.  Can you use man-made products like particle board and plywood, or will you need solid hardwood, or would solid soft wood do?  Some plywoods are as strong or stronger than their solid counterparts, and considerably less expensive.  By now, I am sure you get the picture, with the only remaining questions being, “Where do I find Shelf Plans and About How Much Do They Cost?”

Storage shelves in the garage which appear to be for lesser weights

General Storage for the Garage

You can get free one at various places on the web by searching for them.  Just be sure a professional checks them for you if load bearing is a concern.  Remember, you get what you pay for, so just be careful.  Otherwise the lumber store may sell some individually or in small packages, and Amazon.com carries individual plans too.  There is a link in the side bar that will take you to Amazon where plans can be purchased.  Plans like these will run about $5.00 to $9.00 depending upon the complexity.

Another source of quality plans are the two links that follow.  Both menare true woodworkers and each has compiled literally thousands of home improvement woodworking plans.  These packages bring the price of each set of plans to a penny each, but if you are not planning to build anything more, you may want to just buy the one set of shelf plans for your project.  You would do yourself a favor to at least look at these packages of plans just to see what you’d miss if you were to consider building other things around the house.

 

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