Picture of Plywood Utility Shelf
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
Galvanized wire
Wood glue
Finish of your choice

You will need these tools:

Tape measure
Table saw
Band saw
Drill/driver with countersink bit
Orbital Sander

georion2 years ago
gonna build one over front door--maybe back door also,thanks for great idea
I was hoping to make something like this for my kitchen, looks like I just finalized the design :). Very cool.

sabu.dawdy2 years ago
its a gr8 organizer :D
craagle2 years ago
Good! thanks fof share