You may remember from my 2016 goals post, that I would really like to to can and preserve more food this summer. Last year I didn’t do anything, and our pantry showed the results. Almost all of our jars were empty, and it was a hard thing to look at.
This year, I made a promise to myself… I am canning. The hardest part about canning though, is that you need somewhere to store all of those full jars. And since we have a basement, we’ve had the perfect place, with one exception…. the shelving space. I begged and pleaded with Anthony to please (and pretty please) help me build some shelves this year. He typically has more time in the winter for these types of big projects, and he made time for my shelves. I just love him. Truly.
So, today I’m sharing the tutorial on how we made our DIY basement shelves. Mind you, this isn’t a *pretty* post, but rather a real life project that’s made a world of difference.
First, I decided on a size for our shelving. Our basement isn’t finished yet, but we do have a pretty good idea for the floor plan down there, so we built the shelving to fit the space that will be for my fruit room, or also known as the cold storage room. Because we basically knew where the walls would go when we finish the basement, the size of our shelving unit fits into those specifications. If you use this tutorial as a guide, feel free to adjust the size.
To get the most use out of the shelving, I wanted them to be in a “L” shape. Not only did it fit the “room” best, but it would provide ample storage space, which made me extremely excited. For the small part of the shelf, we made it 4′ wide x 32″ deep x 77″ tall. For the long side piece, we decided on 10′ wide x 32″ deep x 77″ tall.
Here’s how we made them…
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- 2″ x 4″ x 10′ Boards, cut to size
- 3/4″- 4′ x 8′ Plywood, cut to size
- Saw To Cut Plywood
- Miter Saw, this is similar to ours
- Screw Driver/ Drill
- 3″ Torx Deck Screws
- Straight Edge
- Tape Measure
- Sandpaper, medium grit, to remove any rough spots from cutting the wood to size
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