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-2X10 wood boards
-turnbuckles (the number depends on how many shelves you want). You'll need 2 for every shelf
- steel cable
- ferrules and stops (the pieces you crip on the cable)
-a swaging tool (the tool that crimps the ferrules and stops)
- thimbles (the metal loop things)
-(2) 1 1/2 eye hooks
You'll also need a drill and possibly some wall anchors.
Step 1: Cut your boards to length and return the ends... or not.
Second, I didn't want the end grain to show, so I returned the ends to the wall. This is the same technique you will see carpenters use when they want/need to stop moulding in the middle of a wall. To me it is these details that make the difference in a project, but is certainly not a necessity if you don't have the tools (a large miter saw and nail guns) or time to worry about it. (In hindsight, I think I would probably skip this step. I don't think it makes a big enough difference to enough people to justify the extra time and complication, but if your a perfectionist have at it)
I cut the very ends of my board at a 45 degree angle.
Then I flipped the triangles I created so the end grain would now face the back of my shelf.
I glued the joint.
Then shot them together with 16 gauge 2 1/2" nails.