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What is the ideal distance between supports of a shelf?

I've got 122x25x1cm and 61x25x1cm plywood boards that I want to use to make shelves for books and tools. I'll use 2 supports for each size of board and I'd like to know how far apart they should be. ...
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Extending the “feet” of wire shelves for uneven surfaces

I'm installing a number of wire shelves in a garage, but the feet don't adjust far enough to compensate for the slope. Aside from bricks or other shims, what are my options for leveling these ...
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What materials do I need to install pantry shelving?

I'm installing shelving in my 5x5 kitchen pantry. My plan is to run 1x2 strapping on the back edge and left/right sides of each shelf, then use 1x12 boards as shelves. I'm considering poplar for the ...
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How can I know if a self-designed structure I build will be structurally sound?

I've recently begun designing and building structural updates to my house. For example, I've built some shelving units and a cabinet space. Everything has gone well so far, but I'm about to tackle ...
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Nicely mounting 2x4s to wall

I would like to make some bookshelves similar to what is seen here: My question is how to nicely mount these to the wall. Obviously I could simply angle some screws into the wall studs, however I ...
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How do I mount this box without drilling or damaging the shelf?

I bought a network switch that I'd like to hang on the underside of a shelf immediately above my desk. The designers of the switch provides two screw holes on the underside of the box to mount it. ...
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How do I hang a wall accessory fitted with 'Wall Grabbers' by Pinnacle?

How is this shelf meant to be hung? Should I just use two screws into the drywall? It won't be supporting anything heavy, but screws don't seem like they would make the shelf mount flush to the wall. ...
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What type of shelving should I use in my basement?

We currently have single track brackets on a set of shelves 14 feet long & about ~7 feet high, with 6 upright posts. These need to be replaced with something much stronger. The options I know ...
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How can I build garage shelving out of 2x6s, 4x4s and 1/2" OSB?

building garage shelving, already ordered lumber: 4x4 8' post 2x6 10' horizontals 1/2 OSB ply, ripped to 2'x8' lengths Should i notch the 4x4 vertical posts, then fit the 2x6's in the notches? ...
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How can I use toggle bolts for kitchen shelves on 30 mm plasterboard?

I'm trying to use a toggle bolt, but the combined thickness of the plasterboard (~30 mm) and the shelf bracket (22 mm) means that the toggle won't push through far enough to spring out and grip the ...
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What kind of wood is recommended for replacing kitchen cabinet shelving? [closed]

We have kitchen cabinets with removable plywood shelves. They are 1/2" thick and 10.25" wide. The lengths are 19.25" (short) and 31.25" (long). We want two more short, and one more long one. They ...
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Will wall anchors work when screwed into a stud?

I'm installing some Lack floating shelves from IKEA. I have two holes into the drywall with anchors (the metal kind with large threads), and one hole into the stud. The problem is, I got confused and ...
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How do I prevent doors on a media cabinet from sagging?

A friend and I have just built a floor to ceiling media shelf unit for DVDs. It has 9 shelves and is about 3' wide. The frame around it is made up of 2"x8" boards and the shelves (except for one in ...
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Guidance needed for cutting rabbet

As in this question about making box shelves, I am looking at making some shelves and need some help. I've found this site describing how to make the shelves but need some pointers on what tools I ...
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How should I attach the cable of a cable-supported shelf?

I'm planning to build a shelf in the garage, 22" deep and about 16' long. The back edge and one side will be supported by wall cleats, with 2x3s under the other edges. I'd like to support the front ...
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Should I mount brackets to the wall or the shelves first?

I've planning to mount some shelves using these IKEA Lerberg brackets Should I mount them to the wall or the shelf first?
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What are cheap ways to build strong shelves with a large span?

I have removed several old and moisture damaged built in storage units from my house. I would like to replace them with shelving. There are a number of different sized gaps (width and depth to fill). ...
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Can I attach floating shelves to the wall in this way?

I'm going to be putting up some floating shelving. They are about 4" deep and 24" in length and the wood is 1" walnut. In order to hide hardware I was going to get 6 inch bolts (1/2 inch diameter). ...
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What are the proper materials and method to hang heavy-duty shelves in a garage for storage?

I am hoping this isn't too wide of a topic since garage storage can vary greatly from person to person depending on what's being stored. In my case, I will be storing power tools like my circular ...
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How can I attach a shelf to a tile wall in a repairable manner?

I am renting a flat and have permission from the landlord to put up shelves etc as long as "I don't wreck the place". In the kitchen there is a lack of storage space, and a large blank tiled wall ...
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How to fit things to a Bungaroosh wall

The walls in my house are made of Bungaroosh which means that attaching anything to them is most likely to hit some issues. Recently I've been trying to fit a floating shelf to the wall, but no ...
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How much weight can single-track shelving mounted on brick wall hold?

I'm looking at attaching shelves to a brick wall using single-track metal strips with adjustable brackets. The metal strips will be 78 inches long and I'm planning on using pine shelves 47 x 12 x 3/4 ...
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What is the cheapest/easiest way to make bookshelves?

I own a lot of books, and would love to display them on a bookshelf that covers an entire wall. I love the look of wood, but it is so expensive at the moment. I'm also a bit short of spare time, so I ...
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Do I need bracing for 12“x55” shelves?

I am installing new shelves in my pantry, 12" x 55" with walls on three sides. The shelving material is laminate over particleboard. Considering how heavy a shelf full of canned goods is, can I get ...
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How do I attach storage shelving/rack to the floor?

This is perfect for holding our computer servers. MUST be these measurements (60x24x84) We need it to bolt/attach to the floor so it won't tip over no matter what. What is a way to do that with ...
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How can I frame a bookshelf like this?

Looking through the Houzz iPad app this weekend, I came across this I want this. Got the wife's approval and I'm thinking about starting it this weekend (gutting the old fireplace / bookshelves and ...
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Building a Work Area in the Basement - Requesting Feedback

I am a new homeowner of about 2 months now. I have not done much in the way of home repair before now, but I do find that I am quite capable so far. My largest project so far was the re-tiling of my ...
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How can I strengthen shelves?

I have shelves that stick straight out from the walls and want to add decorative ropes or such to make the the shelves stronger, What can I use? I would like to be able to stack many hard cover books ...
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Tips on making classic brick and plywood shelves

Moving into a new apartment in a couple weeks and I'm planning on making the classic brick and plywood shelves to put books and stuff. Any tips for me? Do I have to have it secured to a wall?
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How should I choose between a pegwall or slatwall as a tool storage solution?

I'm interested in putting up a tool wall in my garage/workshop. Taking into consideration the price, strength, ease of use and versatility. Which of the two boards will be best for the job and what ...
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How should I refinish a pine shelf unit?

I'm refinishing a shelf unit made out of pine and painted. It has a lot of holes and cuts in it (I think it was used as a cutting table, or was near one). It's solid, so I want to refinish it and ...
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How can I estimate the maximum load on shelves on a plasterboard wall? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How much weight can you mount to a wall? (Apologies for asking here whilst not a serious DIYer, but as a Stack Overflow user it seemed like the obvious place!) I would ...
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How do I build shelves on non-square (>90 degrees) walls?

I want to build shelves into an alcove, but the corners are not square. What is the best approach to this?
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Easiest & Best way to make a box shelf

I'm not experienced in DIY beyond being able to paint stuff. However, recently I've been let down by a number of carpenters and I've decided to build myself some box shelves and want to get an idea ...
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What bracing is appropriate for this shelving?

I've built a work bench by modifying some plans I found, and one part of the modification involved installing a shelf. The bench is 8' long, stable and solid, and I used 4x4x6 uprights in the back ...
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How would you go about installing shelves _in_ the wall?

I would like to install shelves in my wall. The wall itself is sheetrock. What tools would I need, and how would I go about it? I believe what I'm trying to do is called built-in shelving, if that ...
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Is there an adhesive I can use with anchors to keep them from pulling out?

I am mounting shelves using plastic anchors in masonry. I once saw a contractor use an adhesive on the anchors to prevent them from pulling out. I realize that by design this should not be necessary. ...
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How much weight can you mount to a wall?

I would like to mount a fairly heavy shelving unit (~150lbs) to a wall with a number of L-brackets. It being a shelving unit, I would be putting all kinds of books and random stuff on it, thus ...
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Will double-track shelving work for a computer desk?

I'd like to switch from using a computer desk to using double-track shelving. The thing is that I'd need at least a 24" shelf for the desk part. I see they sell those brackets on Amazon, but my ...
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What size of lumber should I use for the mounting rail for shelves and cabinets?

I recently scrounged some steel shelving that I'd like to hang in my garage. This used to be in an office, its for paperwork but will work great for some things in my garage. The mounting holes on ...
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How thick should a french cleat be?

I want to use a french cleat to hang some basic open cabinets in my garage. I've seen recommendations anywhere from 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches thick, but nobody seems to be talking about weight. Is there a ...
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How do I drill additional holes for adjustable-height shelving?

I have a set of cupboards with shelves that adjust in height, by means of moving pins that hold up the shelves to different holes: Unfortunately, for some reason, whoever made the cupboards didn't ...