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.
I thought I would put a couple shelves above the power tools because it was un-used wall space.
I grabbed a few different sized cans to see how deep I needed to make the shelves.
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.
I dug through everything and brought up all the cans. I organized them into like sizes.
I also needed to know the height and width of each shelf.
I rummaged through some old boards until I found two that would work.
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.
I then took both boards over to the miter saw. I cleaned up an end, measured out 6 feet, and cut them to length.
I also cut two pine 2×4’s to 6 feet.
I laid out the boards and measured how long the supports needed to be.
Back at the miter saw, I cut 5 supports for each shelf.
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.
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.
Use the marks on the jig to fine-tune your stop bushing, then lock it down with a hex wrench.
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.
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.
I laid the shelf down and drilled holes with a countersink. I could now screw the shelf to the top of the supports.
I grabbed my stud-finder and marked out where the studs were on the wall.
I transferred these marks to the shelves and then pre-drilled holes for 3-inch deck screws.
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.
The two shelves were done and super secure so I loaded them up with everything I had.
My Project Tools