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  • Gargantuan basement or garage shelving unit for $36

    Thanks, I'm glad it worked out for you. I didn't mention in the Instructable part of the background of this project. I'm a half-broke physicist, occasionally I screw around with dumb little calculations, before I made this one, I set up a little back-of-the-envelope equation to see if I could maximize the area for the price assuming most of the stuff I needed to store had a footprint of a plastic bin. I tried a bunch of different setups, this one maximized my area for price. And you're right drywall screws are usually better, as long as they don't break ... I actually used nails for part of it to keep the price from going above $36!To the other comments about bracing ... of course it's good to brace shelves that are going to hold a lot of weight per area, like tooling shelves in the gar...see more »Thanks, I'm glad it worked out for you. I didn't mention in the Instructable part of the background of this project. I'm a half-broke physicist, occasionally I screw around with dumb little calculations, before I made this one, I set up a little back-of-the-envelope equation to see if I could maximize the area for the price assuming most of the stuff I needed to store had a footprint of a plastic bin. I tried a bunch of different setups, this one maximized my area for price. And you're right drywall screws are usually better, as long as they don't break ... I actually used nails for part of it to keep the price from going above $36!To the other comments about bracing ... of course it's good to brace shelves that are going to hold a lot of weight per area, like tooling shelves in the garage, but for basement and storage stuff, it's usually low-density, and just straight joisting seems to work fine. I've found that OSB adds a lot of dimensional stability. There are some terrific instructables for workbenches that are highly braced, I hope to follow one in the near future to set up a garage workbench.Finally, I had a lot of fun with this instructable, I wish I had been doing this long ago, I've made a lot of 'budget' furniture when my wife told me to buy something that I often couldn't afford. I'm doing an instructable now for an industrial-style console table.

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