How to make pigeon hole shelving

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How to make pigeon hole shelving
Pigeon hole shelving. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Pigeon hole shelving is another name for a cubby shelving system, where the shelving unit is full of sectioned off cubbies. Making a pigeon hole shelving unit is not very difficult and any do-it-yourselfer will be capable of building one using a small number of tools and some relatively inexpensive materials, mainly plywood, and a few simple tools.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 1.2 m x 2.4 m x 6 mm (4 foot x 8 foot x 1/4 inch) plywood sheet
  • Table saw
  • Drill
  • 1.8 cm (3/4 inch) screws

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut out a 1.2 m x 60 cm (4 foot x 2 foot) piece of wood for the back, two 60 cm x 30 cm (2 foot by 1 foot) pieces for the sides and four 1.2 m x 30 cm (4 foot by 1 foot) pieces for the top, bottom, middle and cubby sides from a 1.2 m x 2.4 m (4 foot by 8 foot) sheet of plywood. Use a table saw to cut the wood.

  2. 2

    Build a wooden box frame using the two 60 cm x 30 cm (2 foot x 1 foot) sides, the 1.2 m x 30 cm (4 foot x 1 foot) top and the 1.2 m x 30 cm (4 foot x 1 foot) bottom pieces. To attach the corners of the wooden box frame, drill 1.8 cm (3/4 inch) screws into the corners of the frame. The frame should measure 60 cm (2 feet) wide by60 cm (2 feet) tall and 30 cm (1 foot) deep.

  3. 3

    Attach the 1.2 m x 30 cm (4 foot x 1 foot) middle piece to the inside of the wooden box frame by drilling 1.8 cm (3/4 inch) screws from the outside of the frame into the edge of the middle piece. This middle piece will act as the shelf of the pigeon hole shelving unit.

  4. 4

    Cut the 1.2 m x 30 cm (4 foot x 1 foot) cubby side piece into four 30 cm x 30 cm (1 foot x 1 foot) squares.

  5. 5

    Insert two cubby side pieces into the box frame on the top shelf and two on the bottom shelf; each piece should be 4.4 cm (1 3/4 inches) from the sides of the shelves and 3.8 cm (1 1/2 inches) from each other. Attach the pieces by drilling 1.8 cm (3/4 inch) screws from the top and bottom of the frame into the edge of the cubby sides.

  6. 6

    Attach the 1.2 m x 60 cm (4 foot x 2 foot) back piece to one end of the frame to close off the pigeon hole shelving unit on one side.

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