In my humble apartment, I use a modern, open table for a desk, a dining table, and a workbench. Like many of us living in small spaces, storage is hard to come by and clutter can overwhelm. I wanted to take the scanner, speakers, router, pens, papers, and general nonsense and get it out of my way so the desk could be used for meals. I also wanted the solution to be low-profile, demountable, cheap, reusable, and sleek.
Made of a mixture of 3/4" and 5/8" plywood scraps, this shelf can be put together in an afternoon for just a few dollars. A quick sand and a coat of oil gives a maintenance-free shine to a cheap material, popping the grain and elevating the humble. A chase in the back organizes the cord bundle from various devices and hides it behind a picture wire slung underneath the structure. Four feet long, it mounts directly to the studs, providing a solid cantilevered platform for organizing your life.
You will need these materials:
1 piece of 3/4" plywood, 48" x 8-14"
2 pieces of 3/4" plywood, 48 by 6-12"
2 pieces of plywood about 14" square
1 piece of plywood 8" x 8"
Handful of drywall or deck screws
Finish of your choice
You will need these tools:
Drill/driver with countersink bit
Step 1: Cuttin'
Start by ripping down your pieces to width on the table saw. The dimensions are variable, according to what you have available on hand, so modify these instructions as you see fit.
I ripped one top shelf at 11-3/8"" x 48"; one intermediate shelf at 5-3/8" x 48" with two 2" x 23" strips added at the back; leaving a 2" square wire chase; two sides at 12" square; one back at 8" x 48"; and one intermediate divider at 6" x 8". The two shelves were made of 3/4" thick plywood and the ends, back, and divider were made of 5/8" plywood.
Trim the pieces on the chop saw to an even 48".
The end pieces are 12" on two sides, forming a 90-degree "L", one leg against the wall and one against the top shelf. The second, lower shelf is 4" up from the bottom and 8" deep; the front angles connect the dots between the leading edges of the shelves. Measure and trace this out, then cut out on a bandsaw or with a jigsaw.