1. I do not have an indoor shop or any type of work area, so this was all created on my deck.
2. I built this shelf using as few tools as I could, I only had access to a few things.
3. I wanted this shelf to be cost effective, which in the long run was.
-Orbital Palm Sander
-Air Nailer with Compressor
-Misc. Wood Working Tools (Square, Tape Measure, Etc.)
1"x4" Untreated Pine ( I bought 8 foot sections which cost around $3-$5 dollars)
1-1/4" Brad Nails
Zip Guard Gloss Finish
You can use what ever materials you prefer, if you account for time as money, 1x4 pine may not be your best option. It has tons of flaws and takes quite a while to make it look good. Also the dimensions I provide are just dimensions I came up with, you can build this shelf to what ever size you would like.
Step 1: Prep Work
Step 2: Assembly
Your third support, which is the middle support, will have short planks (15 inches long) on both sides of the long planks.
Once your supports are made up it is now time to start putting your main shelf pieces together. I made my main shelves 30 inches long. You will need 4 of these per shelf. You can start with the left or the right, but you will need to take your middle support and your left or right support and begin nailing your shelves onto their support planks. I started with the outer shelf pieces on the top and bottom, then filled in the rest after.
After nailing your shelves into place, you do not want to the shelf up, it will topple over one way or the other, you need to nail your back bracing on first. I put one back brace per shelf right below each row of shelves. I made the top of my bracing flush with the bottom of the back shelf. Assembling this part is easiest laid down on its face.
(Note the first set of bracing I assembled was only the length of the first half of the shelf. The same will apply with the other side once you put it together)
You will do the same for assembling the other side, once finished you should have this built....
Step 3: Assembly Continued...
(In this picture I haven't finished putting the other planks in the center sections of the right side)
After assembling your top shelving and your back brace, assembly is done!
Step 4: Finishing Coat
You will want to put some kind of finish on this shelf if you use bare pine. It will end up getting marked up and dirty without some kind of paint / finish. I decided to use a clear gloss finish for my shelf. I purchased a gallon of zip guard, which is essentially for finishing hard wood floors, but can be applied to all wood.
I ended up doing 3 coats total for my finish, I used 220 grit sand paper between each coat which really helps give it a nice glossy shine afterwards. You can use paint or which ever you like, putting a clear gloss involves more work then just painting.
After that last step, that about wraps it up!
Hope you enjoyed!