How to Build Utility Shelving

How to Build Utility Shelving

Learn how to assemble and build utility shelving using Strong-Tie's metal connectors. Read what materials and tools you need to do the job.



 How to Build Utility Shelving

How to Build Utility Shelving

Learn how to assemble and build utility shelving using Strong-Tie's metal connectors. Read what materials and tools you need to do the job.

 How to Build Utility Shelving

How to Build Utility Shelving

Learn how to assemble and build utility shelving using Strong-Tie's metal connectors. Read what materials and tools you need to do the job.

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required

  • Tape measure
  • Framing square
  • Hammer
  • Sanding block
  • Sawhorses
  • Handsaw and miter box or circular saw
  • Drill/driver

Materials Required

  • (24) Simpson Strong-Tie Connectors( RTC22)
  • (12) 8-foot 2x2 lumber
  • (1) 4x8-ft. 1/4-inch plywood
  • (264) 1-1/4-inch #8 panhead screws or (3) 1 lb. box of screws
  • Wood glue
  • Box 1-in. nails
  • 80-grit sandpaper

Tools Required

  • Tape measure
  • Framing square
  • Hammer
  • Sanding block
  • Sawhorses
  • Handsaw and miter box or circular saw
  • Drill/driver

Materials Required

  • (24) Simpson Strong-Tie Connectors( RTC22)
  • (12) 8-foot 2x2 lumber
  • (1) 4x8-ft. 1/4-inch plywood
  • (264) 1-1/4-inch #8 panhead screws or (3) 1 lb. box of screws
  • Wood glue
  • Box 1-in. nails
  • 80-grit sandpaper
  • Step 1 : Cut the legs, side rails, front and rear rails

    Cut the legs,  side  rails,  front and rear  rails

    Cut the eight 2x2s to the quantities and lengths listed here. Use a handsaw and miter box or a circular saw so your cuts are square.

    • 4 legs 80-1/2-in.
    • 12 side rails 12-15/16-in.
    • 12 front and rear rails 44-15/16-in
    .
  • Step 2 : Cut 6 plywood shelves

    Use some of the 2x2s to support the plywood on a large worktable or on the floor. First, rip the sheet in three equal pieces 15-15/16x96-in. (assumes 1/8-in. saw kerf). Then stack the three pieces together to crosscut them in two equal pieces 47-15/16-in. long. Then cut a 1-1/2-in.-square notch out of each corner so shelves with fit around the posts. When using a circular saw or portable jigsaw to crosscut plywood, the up-cutting teeth tend to splinter the veneer so place the "good side" down when crosscutting.

    Most home centers and lumber yards will make two cuts without charge and for a modest charge will make the one additional cut required for all your shelves. This not only saves time and eliminates the need for a circular saw, it also makes transporting the lumber in a car much easier.

  • Step 3 : Sand the lumber

    Use a sanding block with 80-grit sandpaper to sand off splinters and ease the corners of all the lumber. This is much easier to do before assembly.

  • Step 4 : Lay out shelf positions

    Measure and mark the location of each shelf on one leg. Then place all four legs side by side to align the ends. Using a framing square, draw a line across all four legs at each of your marks.

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