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A wooden ladder-style rack with plants and crockery against a brick wall

Overview

A little more storage space always comes in handy and this wooden rack is the perfect solution. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to add some extra storage and will be a stylish addition to any room in your house.

Steps

1Cut your timber

First you'll need to cut your timber. You can save time by having the timber cut at your local Bunnings. Our cutting list for this project is as follows:

Shelf bases 10mm ply

  • 500mm x 500mm x 1
  • 500mm x 400mm x 1
  • 500mm x 300mm x 1
  • 500mm x 200mm x 1
  • 500mm x 100mm x 1

Shelf frames 65mm x 19mm pine DAR

  • 538mm x 10
  • 500mm x 2
  • 400mm x 2
  • 300mm x 2
  • 200mm x2
  • 100mm x2

Legs 42mm x 19mm pine DAR

  • 1945mm x 2 (rear uprights)
  • 2020mm x 2 (front uprights; note: mitre cut at each end on a 16-degree angle)

2Measure and mark the length of your bases

When you measure and mark the bases make sure you allow extra for the base plate and the width of the blade on the circular saw. The five plywood bases for our shelves measured:

  • 500mm x 500mm for the bottom shelf
  • 500mm x 400mm
  • 500mm x 300mm
  • 500mm x 200mm
  • 500mm x 100mm for the top shelf
A person marking length on a timber panel using a measuring tape and pencil

3Cut the lengths for the base

Clamp the plywood for the base to the workbench. Use the circular saw to cut the pieces of wood to size. You might need someone to hold the timber as you cut it.

A person fixing a clamp to a timber panel

4Measure and mark the shelf frames

Use the 65mmx19mm pine DAR to measure and mark the frames for the shelf, our measurements were:

  • 538mm x 10
  • 500mm x 2
  • 400mm x 2
  • 300mm x 2
  • 200mm x 2
  • 100mm x 2
A person marking length on timber panel using measuring tape and pencil

5Cut the timber for the shelf frames

Clamp the timber to the workbench and use the drop saw to cut the shelf frames to size. We placed two pieces of timber underneath the shelf frames to create some clearance from the workbench. 
A person cutting a timber panel using a circular saw and straight edge

6Measure and mark the legs

While the drop saw is set up, measure and mark the timber for the legs. The two back legs should be cut straight at 90 degrees while the two front legs should be mitre cut at 16 degrees top and bottom to accommodate the widths of the shelves. Our legs measured 1945mm at the rear and 2020mm at the front.

A person marking length on a timber panel using a measuring tape and pencil

7Cut the legs

Use the drop saw to cut the four legs to size. When making the mitre cut for the bottom of the legs, don't forget to set a 16-degree angle.

A person cutting timber using a drop saw

8Assemble the shelves

Now the timber for your shelves is cut to size, it's time to assemble them. Glue the edges of the frames and the ply base then secure the sides and the base with the nail gun. Repeat this to make the other shelves, wiping away any excess glue with a rag.

A person applying glue to L-shaped pieces of timber

9Putty the holes

Use a suitable wood filler to putty all of the holes from the nail gun. Let the putty dry then sand it back.
A person filling a hole in timber with wood filler using a putty knife

10Measure and mark for the shelves

Measure and mark your preferred shelf positions along the back legs of the frame.From the top of the legs, our shelves were placed at 185mm, 535mm, 885mm, 1235mm and 1590mm to the bottom of the shelf.

A person marking length on timber using a measuring tape and pencil

11Attach the top and bottom shelves

Now you've marked the position for the shelves, attach the top and bottom shelves, using the nail gun. Fixing the top and bottom shelves first will ensure a stable frame and make it easier to attach the other ones.

A person joining pieces of timber using a nail gun

12Attach the front legs

Clamp the first of the front legs into place and secure with the nail gun. Repeat this to attach the other front leg. Before fixing them into place, make sure the shelves are square.

A person joining pieces of timber using a nail gun

13Pre-drill holes for the shelf

Use the 3mm drill bit to pre-drill two holes on either side of the legs for the top and bottom shelves. 

A person drilling through two pieces of timber

14Secure the shelf

Drill 2 x 30mm screws at the top and 2 x 40mm screws at the base to secure the shelf. Repeat steps 12 and 13 to attach all of your shelves.

A person joining pieces of timber using a cordless driver

15Putty the holes and sand

Use the wood putty and scraper to putty up all of the nail and screw holes. Let the putty dry and sand the entire shelf with 240 grit sandpaper. 

A person filling screw heads with wood filler using putty knife

16Paint, stain or keep it raw

You can paint or stain the timber storage rack to suit your décor or keep it raw. 

A wooden ladder-style rack with plants and crockery against a brick wall

17Display and store your items

Now your storage rack is ready to use. A simple, stylish and practical storage solution for any room in your home.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.