Here is the finished product!
Follow the link for a tutorial on how to build these!
Here is what you will need:
Chop saw, circular saw, or table saw
Saw horses or workbench
3/32 drill bit
Screwdriver drill bit
Sandpaper (100 grit and 320 grit)
Paintable caulk and smoothing tool (optional)
Latex paint (in the color of your choice)
8 - 2 1/2 " drywall screws
2 - 4" angle braces
4 - 2" screws
2 - 1/2" screws
The above materials will make one shelf with three tiers that are 2" deep and 2" high. I made two shelves. The width of the shelves are up to you. I made mine 34" long because I know that someday, they will come off the wall and be placed in a book shelf that will eventually be re-purposed. I also used wood beams, which makes these shelves quite heavy. You will want to be sure to attach them directly into the studs in the wall or use lighter materials.
To start, I purchased one each of a 2x6, 2x4, and 2x2 beams from the hardware store. I cut them all down to my desired length, 34", using a chop saw.
Next, I placed the 2x6 on a set of saw horses and put a bead of wood glue down the length of it. Then I put the 2x4 on top of it. Make sure both pieces are flush, and clamp.
|Mark on 2x4|
|Transfer mark to 2x6 for future reference|
Next, I repeated this process with the 2x2. Run a bead of wood glue down the 2x4. Place the 2x2 on top of the 2x4, making sure it's flush, and clamp. Drill four pilot holes (make sure to offset them from where you inserted screws into the first two boards using the marks on the 2x6 as reference). Insert the drywall screws.
Now, apply wood filler to the four screws on the 2x2 and allow it to dry.
Once the wood filler is dry, sand all of the pieces of wood using a medium grit sandpaper (I used 100 grit).
Next, use a tack cloth to remove the dust from all surfaces.
This next step is optional. If you do not want to see a little gap where each piece of wood meets the one below from the front, you can run a bead of paintable caulk over the gaps. Smooth with a caulk smoothing tool and allow to dry. If you don't want to do this, skip ahead to priming.
The next step is to paint the wood with a water-based primer.
You're almost there! Now you just have to lay your shelf across the angle braces and get it into position. Mark the holes on the angle braces on the bottom of the shelf. Take the shelf down and drill pilot holes in the bottom, being sure not to drill all the way through! Put your shelf back up and insert screws through the braces and into the bottom of the shelf. Again, the screws you use need to be compatible with your brace. I used 1/2" screws. They need to be just long enough to go through the brace and into the shelf without going all the way through. I attached the shelf to the angle braces using only one screw in each brace.
Now...go to your stash and populate your new tiered shelf!