Introduction: Modern Shelving System With NO HARDWARE!!

I fabricate functional art for homes and businesses. I document some of my builds on instagram and Youtube. Radcliffe_Herstellung Check out my build video and if you like what you see subscribe to my channel so you dont miss out of future builds

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I cut 2" square stock on my chop saw to length 8 pieces total. the length is what ever height you want your shelving system to be ( mine was 40 inches tall )

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Then I used the sander to smooth and square the ends ( you can use sand paper and a block, a grinder, a file, )

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Then I moved on to cutting the shelving supports to rough length. this is 1" square stock. I then notched the 1" to fit the 2 " stock as shown.

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Next I created a jig out of scraps to keep my parts square and all of my supports in the same location

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weld in the lower supports just like in last step and Grind the welds flat

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Clean and scuff the frames be for paint

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I used rough lumber so we flattened the faces and squared one edge on the jointer, before moving on to planing them to the same thickness and cutting them to the same width

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I used a jig saw to notch the boards so they would accept the 2" square stock, I used a scrap piece of the 2" as a sanding block to dial in the notches

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I used my router table to round over the outer edges on all the boards. You could use a hand held router or sand paper....

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I routed a groove on the ends of each board to accept the wedges. A had saw and chisels would work for this.

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I used walnut for the end caps and wedges to give a little contrast.

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dialed in the sizes of the wedges on the sander,

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cut a tenon on the bottom of the end caps to fit snuggly into the 2" square

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Sand all of the boards up to 320 and apply the first coats of finish. Then sand the boards between coats and repeat.

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I installed the end caps using CA glue

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Last slide all of the boards into the frames

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Stand the Shelving system up

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Hammer in the wedges

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Enjoy your new shelving system


Kenstruct (author)2017-10-06

Excellent job and nice video work to go with it

Kristyna_G (author)2017-10-02

This IS beautiful - I agree with the others, you are a brilliant artist.

barneseric83 (author)Kristyna_G2017-10-03

This is the reason why I try my best to create the best pieces I can. Thank you very much for your kind words!!!!

ArachnisDeathicus (author)2017-09-30

I LOVE this. I like how it's made of only 2 materials. (as far as I could tell) I will so make this when I get the time. Great instructable. Well documented and lots of great pictures.

Thank You!!

NikyN2 (author)2017-09-28

'cause welding is much easier than putting screws, you know....

ironies apart (and admitting I should learn to weld someday), it looks awesome.

I honestly read it just to figure how it was mounted, since in the pics it didn't looked rock-solid-stable. it's a really genius system, I have to admit. :)

barneseric83 (author)NikyN22017-09-28

Thank you!!! The idea behind "no hardware " is no hardware needed to assemble the shelf ... I can put them together, tear them down, and reassemble without messing with nuts bolts screws etc... everything is a process

NikyN2 (author)barneseric832017-09-30

well, then you better not lose the little wood spacers! :)

I got the "no hardware" idea - it just seemed funny to me (in a way), that you prefer to weld rather than using screws -*even* for the metal part, though I don't know how it would be done with screws either, but still. see, I have no clue on welding, even though I own an arc welder, go figure.

ChristopherB41 (author)2017-09-27

The design, build, and instructions are amazing. However, the title is a little misleading. I thought you meant you don't have to have access to hardware/tools to build the shelves.

Thank you!! and I apologize for the misunderstanding. what I was trying to say was the shelving system is built with no Screws Nuts or Bolts etc, its all press fit with the wedges

Ag800Hans (author)barneseric832017-09-28

Great build, though it looks like a lot of work for the final product of just ONE shelving unit. & I disagree w/the other comment - it wasnt a misleading title - it specifically says "No hardware", & hardware for shelving units usually entail being separate parts that are necessary for assembly and structural integrity, such as fasteners like screws, or nuts and bolts, which require either wrenches, sockets and ratchets, or screwdrivers, and that's what it stayed true to. It didn't say "no power tools needed to fabricate and build the shelving structure", and when put together, looks like all you needed was a mallet, like many metal "tool-less" shelving units. As much stuff that went on in the video, what's surprisingly odd to me, is that my favorite part of the video were the audio and visual effects from "Duck Hunt"! Go figure. Keep up the good work! Aloha...

barneseric83 (author)Ag800Hans2017-09-29

Thanks !! Glad you like it.


BillMil (author)2017-09-29

I would guess you could use a similar system with wooden legs, mortise and tenon joints, and wedges?

barneseric83 (author)BillMil2017-09-29

for sure!!! and it would look killer. I chose the metal because its different and people are into wood and steel furniture right now.

JimD80 (author)2017-09-28

Nice job, beautiful Shelving System. I was shocked how many people thought "no hardware" meant no tools! I never was taught to call tools, Hardware. Tools are tools and hardware is hardware and never the twain shall meet.

rocketride (author)JimD802017-09-29

OTOH, I have on a number of occasions had to fabricate specialized tools from what had been hardware. And I have seen tools used as hardware, but I've never committed that abomination myself.

barneseric83 (author)JimD802017-09-28

Thank you!!! and thats what I thought......

Carl TomasA (author)2017-09-28

... fit 'n lock ... clean design very solid ... you're an artist ... thanks for sharing your inspiration ...

barneseric83 (author)Carl TomasA2017-09-28

Wow... I really appreciate that!!!

srilyk (author)2017-09-28

That is a gorgeous shelf

barneseric83 (author)srilyk2017-09-28

Thank You!!!

barneseric83 (author)srilyk2017-09-28

I apprecaite your kind words

jozka (author)2017-09-28

It is nice, but other than that completely useless. How many people have access to such a equipped workshop ?

barneseric83 (author)jozka2017-09-28

You could build this with less tools and no shop. I am simply showing you my process.

themhs65 (author)2017-09-28

Very good job and i like the joint method you prefered...

barneseric83 (author)themhs652017-09-28

Thank you!!

Patrick_MG (author)2017-09-28

Amazing work! Congratulations beautiful shelve

barneseric83 (author)2017-09-28

well said

IngenuityAtWork (author)2017-09-28

Nice job man, clever design too

Thank you!!

redsunmtm (author)2017-09-28

sorry to say that but i don't understand your title...

you say "with no hardware" but you use only hardware to make it, or do you think everybody own a workshop with all those tools ?

barneseric83 (author)redsunmtm2017-09-28

Hardware implying nuts, bolts, screws, etc.... and you could build this shelving system with much less than I have... work with what you have

It doesn't need to be implied; that's what it means. And this could all be done with non-electric hand tools, with the exception of a small welder (you can get one for less than $100USD at Harbor Freight).

I think that "work with what you have" is a principle that proves to eventually have been essential to any successful maker. There is always a better, faster, more efficient, more specialized tool for any particular task, at least from the beginner' perspective, but as a beginner the expense of that equipment isn't practical; that's why the people with the nice shops full of tools know how to use them, and do. And you always appreciate better tools after you've had to cope with building without them. I appreciate my chop saw a great deal after having only a hacksaw and angle grinder for many years, but there's nothing I can make with my chop saw that I couldn't make with my hacksaw.

barneseric83 (author)2017-09-28

well sanding that long of a board... 8 boards total starting at 80 grit working up to 180 -220 -320 sanding the top, sides, bottom, and ends.... it took me a long time. But I know there are many ways to skin a cat and Im always open to learn and explore new ideas. thank you for giving me more to work towards. I strive to make my projects as perfect as I can
Prost! My friend

Catfishy (author)2017-09-28

SWEET BUILD! I only wish I had half the power tools you have to make something like this.
The look is very cool and modern. This could easily be used as an interior display piece.

barneseric83 (author)Catfishy2017-09-28

Thank you very much for the kind words friend

Monty124 (author)2017-09-28

Very nice build.

Pity we don't all have workshops with power tools and time to spend with them.

Touch misleading there pal.

barneseric83 (author)Monty1242017-09-28

thank you .... I have a full time job, but I have invested myself into my shop and build after hours as a stress relief. You could build this shelving system with other materials and cheaper tools. You have things in life that are important to you. I dont have a nice house or car I place my focus just like you, on whats important to me. I have worked very hard for many years to have that dusty old shop... most of my tools are craigslist finds and flea market. hope this makes sense

TheRevM (author)2017-09-28

Terrific work but I wouldn't have the gap between the shelves I think it spoils the symmetry ; but as I said lovely work

barneseric83 (author)TheRevM2017-09-28

Thanks man!! I liked the gap I thought it gave a more open unique effect. but I could see what you are saying ;)

seamster (author)2017-09-27

Beautiful shelves, very nicely done!

barneseric83 (author)seamster2017-09-27

Thank you very much!!! I hope you made time to watch the build video ;)

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