Stupidly Simple Shelf

After the completion of my workbench I noticed it got cluttered really fast. This is how I built a shelf to help with organization.
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Step 1: Stuff You Will Need

Ok heres what you will need to make the shelf. These are the main things I used but you may want a slightly different shelf so this will vary. I spent 10 bucks for my entire shelf.
1-6in by 1 inch by 6 ft board
4-L Brakets and screws they come with 
8-2.5 inch decking screws

Stud Finder
Power Drill
2 Small Plastic Buckets
Screw Driver

Step 2: Find Studs

Just what it sounds like, use your stud finder to locate the studs. I like to draw brackets over where they are. 

Step 3: Attach the Brackets

Hold your board up to the wall and mark where the studs are onto your board. Now screw your L brackst onto the board where these marks are. Use your screws that came with the brackets.

Step 4: Set Up for Installation

Set your plastic buckets up in between the stud marks and set you shelf on the buckets. Make sure your brackets are lined up with the studs. Make sure this is level.

Step 5: Attach to the Wall.

Now all thats left to do is attach the shelf to your wall. You can pre drill the holes but I didn't and it worked fine. Screw your 2.5 inch screw through the holes on your brackets and your done.   

Step 6: Your Done

Now your done. All thats left to do is pull out the plastic buckets and put stuff on it.

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    10 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    So I'm trying to put simple shelves like this in my closet. Problem is, my building is from the early 1900's, and I think there's thick plaster and lath in my wall. I've had regular wood screws snap off and strip trying to drill through this.

    Any tips? Maybe I'm using the wrong screws?

    1 reply

    I used decking screws but my house is from the 80's, you can try galvinized steel .screws from Lowes, I cant see them snapping or breaking,


    9 years ago on Introduction

    you could screw the caps to some jars to the underside of the shelf, so you can put stuff into the jar and screw it into the cap under the shelf...

    1 reply

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Now all the stuff you put on top of the shelf is going to get dusty. You have to build another shelf above it. And then you'll end up putting stuff on that shelf, too. Then you have to build another shelf above that one... Basically, you now have to keep on adding shelves until you reach the ceiling. :)

    4 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    But aren't Workbench-to-Ceiling shelves the American Maker's Dream? ;)

    I like the trick with using the plastic buckets as spacers/supports - cool.

    Ghost WolfGorfram

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Stop standing on you head, once you do that you'll see the shelf doesn't reach the ceiling ;)