Step 1: Materials, Sizing and Marking
- Cutting surface
- Milk crate
Now, first just cut off a chunk of cardboard a bit longer than your shelf needs to be. I ended up needing two layers to keep it strong enough. You could even get fancy at the end and tape 'em together for a more cohesive shelf. You probably noticed mine isn't exaclt perfect, but it does the job :).
Next, lay it down in front of your milk crate and mark about a 1/2 inch out from either edge of the box, to give your fingers some support room. Mark it on one or both pieces and get 'em onto your cutting surface.
Square upyour marks (from the manufactured side, not the side you cut off the box, as that's probably not perfectly straight unless you were more careful than I was).
Cut 'em off! You can use the marks you made, or use the first piece as a guide for the second so they end up the same length. Next: joinery...
Step 2: Joinery: Marking & Cutting
Next, put it in front of the crate like before you cut it and only mark in how deep the cut-aways will have to go. Then get back up onto your surface...
Square up your depth line and extend the joint marks to it. Making sure you're cutting away the areas you want to get rid of, cut 'em off! (If you're not sure how this all fits together, double-checking is never a bad idea). It's easier to cut one layer at a time, and just mark from the top one where to cut the bottom one.
Once you've done one side, just flip the top layer over counter-clockwise to mirror those cuts onto the other end of the bottom layer. See image 7 for clarification. Once you're done with that layer, make the same cuts to the other end of the original top piece and you're good! Lots of flipping but even if you mess it up, you're using the same piece as reference the whole time, so as long as your first piece is right, chances of messing it up are pretty minimal.
Done! Nice. Next: fitting...
Step 3: Fit and Finish
As an added tip, I made 2 of these, covered the tops with cardboard to make it a smooth surface, and stacked those Ikea shelving units on top of them. Shoes under clothes and closet space reclaimed! Mission accomplished :).
Any questions, comments or if clarification's needed, lemme know in the comments. Happy organizin'.