Do you need affordable work shop shelving in your
garage workshop etc, that is easy to build and affordable.
We all know how expensive it is and here is an easy cheap
way to do it.
This is based on 3ft high shelving and 3ft wide, 2ft
deep, as many shelves as you want and all adjustable for
height. With this system you can also build a lot taller,
All you need is 4 pieces of ¾”
threaded rod ( redi rod ) available at any home building
supply, hardware store etc, nuts and flat washers to match.
You will need 8 nuts and 16 washers per shelf. You
will also need 4 long connecting nuts. The threaded rod
usually comes in 3ft lengths but can be bought much longer
for taller shelves. Shelving can be ¾” plywood,
fiberboard, thin steel etc.
All you need to do is cut your shelving to the size
you want, all the shelving should be the same size. Lay the
shelving you have cut on top of each other and clamp
together. Measure in about 1” on all four corners for
light loads, 1 ½” for heavier loads, and then
drill through all the shelving using a 13/16” drill
On all 4 redi rod place a nut first and then a flat
washer about 4” onto the redi rod. Then place 1 shelf,
then another flat washer and then a nut. This will be your
bottom shelf. Then thread on the long connecting nuts, these
are the feet and are used for leveling, you can save some
cost here if your floor is level already, then you can use
just standard nuts. To save a little time later you can
measure all this from the bottom of the redi rod, this saves
a little time later leveling the shelf. Just tighten the
nuts finger tight to the shelf.
You should now have the 4 redi rod sticking up with the
bottom shelf in place. Just install nuts and flat washers on
top of the nuts on the redi rod for the next shelf,
again only finger tight on the nuts. Just keep adding nuts,
then washers and then shelves and washers and nuts again for
the spacing you want on the shelves, keep doing this
until you have all the shelves in place. The very top shelf
measure down for the nuts and washers and then you can
tighten the top shelf and the bottom shelf. This will
stiffen up the shelving unit and you can then level it with
the bottom nuts. Now you can make sure the unit is level and
also all the shelves, just adjust the nuts to level each
shelf. Then you can tighten up the whole assembly with a
wrench, make sure you tighten both the top and bottom nut at
This shelving unit will take about 1 hour to
accomplish and will be very affordable.
You can make much taller shelving units by either
purchasing longer threaded rod or using the standard 3ft
lengths from the store and join with long connecting nuts.
You can also make much longer shelving by just adding redi
rod every 3 to 4 ft depending on the weight you are going to
have on the shelves.
This also works for making roll away shelves, tool
carts, welding carts etc. Just install 360 degree dolly
wheels on the bottom.
Use your imagination. Computers are nice but using
our God given brain is much better….smile.
Allan at Procut