My upstairs bonus was a mess! I wanted to have organization, but versatility and man-lyness. Over time I plan on making my bonus room and turning it into a MAN CAVE. In my bonus room I have my old helmets and trophies that I want to put on display. After thinking about how to do it, I came up with creating crates that interlock together to make a solid shelve surface. This project can take a weekend long, and probably less if your significant other or buddy helps you This is my first instructable so bare with me.
Step 1: Have the Tools/buy the Wood
***you can substitute these tools with other tools that can do that same job.
I used 1X2's that came from my local Lowe's. You can get them in packs of 6, and if you buy a minimum of 48 you can get them for 88 cents each. Now after you got your supplies you can figure out how long and wide you want your crates to be...
Step 2: Measure/Cut/Sand
After I got about two, used one plank to measure, because it takes forever to keep pulling out the tape measurer.
After all are cut, I started sanding all the edges and corners down to make nice smooth surfaces. I used 60 and 80 grit paper, because I knew it was going to take a pretty long time as it is.
Next is building and staining
Step 3: Building/Staining or Vise/versa
1.Grab 11 planks.
2. Put 2 planks on there side and put one plank flat squaring up on the top/sides/corners and nail in
3. fill with the rest of the plank
4. Nail in Board 5 (make sure support board is flush
5. Nail in board 2,3, 4.
6. pull out spacer boards and done
7. Repeat for other side (top/bottom)
My crate support boards stuck out, because I made all the crates the same and how you get them to interlock is by having those support board point out the front on one crate and then point back on the other crate.
Step 4: Finish Building Then Stain...Stain Then Build
So we have the top and bottom done now what? Turn them so they are on their side. Side side should now be on the top. Nail the planks matching the top and bottom planks. After nailed one side flip/turn and nail they other side.
After nailing you are down and you made your first crate shelve. Now this instructable can be changed in anyway to suit your needs. Bigger crates, longer crates, different stain, different equipment, different style, etc, you name it... Last Step is how I will do my next set differently.
Step 5: What Would I Change?
1. I will go to the Lumber yard to see if I can get the wood cheaper instead of the commercial chains.
2. IF I were to start fresh, I maybe would of put a different width board instead of all the same board, might come out cheaper
3. Maybe sand all the boards, before I cut them
4. Look into a belt sander
STAIN before build
5. Make longer crates, maybe 30 inches long 15 inches high
I hope you enjoyed my instructable and inspired you to do something great.
Remember if you can think it and build it then don't buy it... CREATE IT!