D.I.Y. wooden storage rack

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DIY wooden storage rack

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Project 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.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut your timber
2 Measure and mark the length of your bases
3 Cut the lengths for the base
4 Measure and mark the shelf frames
5 Cut the timber for the shelf frames
6 Measure and mark the legs
7 Cut the legs
8 Assemble the shelves
9 Putty the holes
10 Measure and mark for the shelves
11 Attach the top and bottom shelves
12 Attach the front legs
13 Pre-drill holes for the shelf
14 Secure the shelf
15 Putty the holes and sand
16 Paint, stain or keep it raw
17 Display and store your items
  • Step 1. Cut 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)
  • Step 2. Measure 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
  • Step 3. Cut 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.

  • Step 4. Measure 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
  • Step 5. Cut 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. 
  • Step 6. Measure 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.

  • Step 7. Cut 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.

  • Step 8. Assemble 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.

  • Step 9. Putty 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.
  • Step 10. Measure 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.

  • Step 11. Attach 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.

  • Step 12. Attach 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.

  • Step 13. Pre-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. 

  • Step 14. Secure 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.

  • Step 15. Putty 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. 

  • Step 16. Paint, stain or keep it raw

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

  • Step 17. Display 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

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.
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