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Super Simple Plywood Shelf

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This is a quick basic direction for how to make a very rudimentary, and quick, Plywood shelf. I made this at Techshop SF using the table saw, dado stack, band saw and belt sander. In all reality if you have the table saw with a dado blade, you will be fine.

I used 3/4 inch prefinished ply that I found in the scrap bin, so really anything big enough, and strong enough to make your shelf will work.
 
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Step 1: Cut sides

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First step is to cut your side pieces to the right length and width. 

I took the extra step of rounding off the top front corners with the belt sander just for aesthetics, but this is by no means necessary. 

Set the fence on the table saw to your desired width and rip away, when cutting the sides to length, I used the cross cut sled, but you could use the band saw as well, or just be super super careful. If you are not comfortable and knowledgeable cross cutting on a table saw, I highly recommend using the sled to save yourself stress and potential injury.

Step 2: Select your wood

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Find some wood. This step is likely the most important, without materials, you aint making anyting.

Step 3: Cut Shelves to size

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Next up, cut your shelve pieces to size. I used 4 shelves because thats what I had wood for, and because I needed taller shelves, but you obviously can do whatever works for your needs. 

Again, if you are cross cutting, either use the sled or the band saw unless you know your stuff.
You did a nice job with this build - these shelves look awesome. You may get a bit more page views if you correct the orientations of your first image.
pfred21 year ago
It looks good but instead of gussets I'd have probably just ran a strip over the top shelf in the back of it, maybe put a kicker board under the bottom one, or something, like I did with these.

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/508/shelves.jpg

I obviously don't care how plywood looks edge on myself. I made those at home:

http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/1046/shelf.jpg