I decided that my closet needed to get cleaned. Every time I've cleaned my room in the last few years, my closet has gotten less clean. Well I'd had enough of that and decided that the only real way to clean the closet would be to go build a real shelf- unlike that chunk of plywood I had stacked on top of a couple of stacks of old textbooks. 

I made it at TechShop.

Only use tools that you have had the appropriate training for. Always wear eye protection when near tools. Understand and accept the inherent risks associated with any operation. 

Tools Used
Table Saw
Chop Saw
Vertical Belt Sander
Drill Press
Hand Drill
Impact Driver

Materials Used
1 - Birch Handy Panel 2'x4' plywood panel (17.97)
2 - 2x2 Furring Strip  (2@1.96)
1 - 1x2 Furring Strip (0.97)
7 - Screen Molding by the linear foot (7@0.56)
Wood Glue
1-5/8" Wood Screws
2-1/2" Wood Screws

Step 1: Design Shelf

I wanted this shelf to be a different; the design is inspired by tables found in elementary schools. Since the shelf will be hidden in a closet, and I did not want to spend more than one day procrastinating on my real task of cleaning my closet.  A rustic surface finish was deemed acceptable. Screws are plainly visible and no sealant applied. 

At about 18 dollars the plywood panel is an overwhelming portion of this projects cost. The design was chosen to maximize the utilization by using part of the same panel to resist lateral shear forces. I was happy to turn only about 5% of the material into waste. 

Cut List
1 - 34"x24" Plywood
2 - 7"x19" Plywood
2 - Remainder Rectangles from producing preceding item

4 - 20" 2x2
2 - 19" 2x2
1 - 29" 2x2
1 - 29" 1x2

Attached is a drawing of the shelf as well as a layout for the plywood cuts.

Ahh, Thanks. I've never done anything with stain, I'll keep it in mind.
Great explanations! One word of "cringe" would be the wiping of the excess glue with the damp towel - granted that you stated that the finish was to be left "rustic" but, if you were to want to upgrade the finish to a stain that glue smear would be noticeable. Better to let it dry and then chip off with a sharp knife or chisel. Again, great instructable!
Thanks for the comment. I don't know if thanking comments is etiquette here or not, but I appropriated getting some positive feedback on my first instructable.
simple but effective way to get things going in a safe enviroment. <br>great job

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Bio: I'm Phil, a recent graduate from San Jose State University. Although I studied Electrical Engineering there that is not all I am interested in ... More »
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