Today I’m building some super strong shelves for paint cans.

 

 

The part of my bench that I use all the time is fairly organized, but I can’t say that about all my paint, stains, and glues. It’s always a mess trying to find what I’m looking for.

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I thought I would put a couple shelves above the power tools because it was un-used wall space.

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I grabbed a few different sized cans to see how deep I needed to make the shelves.

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I measured them out and figured I needed three different shelves. One for the spray paints, which will be another video, and two for the rest of the cans.

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I dug through everything and brought up all the cans. I organized them into like sizes.

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I also needed to know the height and width of each shelf.

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I rummaged through some old boards until I found two that would work.

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Using the table saw I ripped each board down to width. The bigger shelf was 7 inches wide, and the smaller one was 4 and a half. The bigger shelf didn’t really have a good straight edge so I cut it a little wide, and then flipped it over and cut it down to its final size.

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I then took both boards over to the miter saw. I cleaned up an end, measured out 6 feet, and cut them to length.

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I also cut two pine 2×4’s to 6 feet.

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I laid out the boards and measured how long the supports needed to be.

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Back at the miter saw, I cut 5 supports for each shelf.

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This is where the supports would fit on the shelves. The easiest way to attach them would be using glue and pocket holes, so I grabbed my jig.

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The pocket hole jig is easy to use. First adjust the drill guide to correspond with the thickness of material you are using. In my case, an in and a half. Also adjust the clamp to fit your board.

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Use the marks on the jig to fine-tune your stop bushing, then lock it down with a hex wrench.

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Clamp each board in place and drill your desired holes. I drilled two holes per board and repeated it for all 10 shelf support blocks.

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To attach them to the shelves, I used a speed square to make sure they were square, and then glued and clamped them in place. With each block secure, I could drill in two pocket hole screws to lock them down. It’s important to clamp the blocks down before screwing them in. If you don’t, the blocks will move unintentionally.

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I laid the shelf down and drilled holes with a countersink. I could now screw the shelf to the top of the supports.

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I grabbed my stud-finder and marked out where the studs were on the wall.

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I transferred these marks to the shelves and then pre-drilled holes for 3-inch deck screws.

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I marked a line on the wall to know the shelf height and then put in 1 screw. After leveling it, I screwed in the rest. I did the exact same thing with the smaller shelf.

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The two shelves were done and super secure so I loaded them up with everything I had.

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TABLE SAW

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DRILL & IMPACT DRIVER

QUICK CLAMP

STUD FINDER

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