How To Build Timber Garage Shelving

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How To Build Timber Garage Shelving
You can use 2-inch width lumber to create sturdier shelves. (lumber - wood image by Jeffrey Zalesny from

Since their primary purpose is storage and not looks, you can cut and prepare garage shelves much quicker than household wall shelves. The type of wood chosen is also not so important, as long as it is strong enough to hold the storage items. Deciding upon a width of wood depends on the size of the items to be stored on it (jars of nails, or large boxes), and though 1-inch width wood is usually used for shelves, spare 2-by-6 or 2-by-4 lumber can be used to create a much sturdier storage area.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Timber shelves
  • Power saw
  • Medium sandpaper
  • Pencil
  • Long spirit level
  • Stud finder
  • Screw gun
  • 2-inch wood screws
  • 1/2-inch wood screws

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  1. 1

    Measure the length of the location where you plan to hang the shelves.

  2. 2

    Cut the limber to the measured length, using a power saw. Sand the cut ends and edges of the planks to remove any burrs.

  3. 3

    Mark the garage wall studs at the height you plan to hang the shelves. If drywall covers the studs, mark the height of each shelf on the wall. Then place a long spirit level against each mark, and run a pencil line along its edge, on the wall. If installing multiple shelves, this will produce several parallel lines. Run a stud finder along each line, and mark the central location of each wall stud on the line.

  4. 4

    Screw the wall brackets to the centre of each wall stud, with 2-inch wood screws. Make sure that the top of the bracket rests on each line.

  5. 5

    Rest the planks in place on top of the brackets, and attach them to each other with 1/2-inch wood screws.

Tips and warnings

  • If using 2-inch thick lumber from spare wood, a 2-by-4 and 2-by-6 plank together will create a very sturdy shelf that is 9 inches wide.
  • For 2-inch thick lumber shelves, use 3-inch wood screws to attach the brackets to the wall, and 1-inch wood screws to attach the brackets to the shelves.
  • Make sure that the brackets themselves are strong enough to hold heavier loads.
  • For lighter loads and smaller width shelves, a bracket installed near each end of the shelf and one attached to a central wall stud will be adequate to support the shelf load. Larger shelves made of 2-inch width lumber, however, requires a bracket at every wall stud along the length of the shelf.

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