This step by step woodworking project is about ladder shelves plans. Building lean to shelves is a straight forward project that will add value to your property. Nevertheless, building the right organizer for your closet is a tough challenge, as it requires a proper planning and quality materials. Irrespective of the plans you are going to use, we strongly recommend you to plan every step of the project with attention.
We strongly recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in this article before starting the actual assembly. Therefore, invest in the best quality materials you can afford and lock them together with appropriate screws and glue. Cedar, pine or redwood are excellent choices, especially if the boards are straight and don’t have any kind of flaws, such as chips, dents or scratches.
Taking into account closets usually differ in size and shape, we recommend you to adjust the dimensions and the design of the organizer as to fit into place. Moreover, you can even add more shelves and drawers to the organizer according to your individual needs and tastes. Plumb the components and check if the corners are perfectly square before starting the actual assembly.
Ladder shelves plans
- A - 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 72” long, 2 pieces – 73″ long LEGS
- B - 1 pieces of 1×18, 1×16, 1×14, 1×12 and 1×10 lumber – 33″ long SHELVES
- C - 5 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 34 1/2″ long TRIMS
- D - 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 17 1/2″, 15 1/2″, 13 1/2″, 11 1/2″, 9 1/2″ TRIMS
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
- Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface
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Building ladder shelves
First of all, we recommend you to build the legs of the ladder shelves. As you can easily notice in the image, we recommend you to build the supports out of 2×4 lumber. Cut both ends of the outside leg at 10 degrees by using a good miter saw.
Building the actual shelves is a straight forward job, especially if you have experience in working with lumber. Therefore, attach the 3/4″ plywood or boards to the 1×3 trims, as shown in the image.
Smart tip: Afterwards, attach the shelves to the ladder frame, making sure they are perfectly horizontal. Place the shelves equally spaced, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner.
As you can easily notice in the image, placing the shelves equally spaced is essential for the project. Work with attention and lock all the components together tightly.
One of the last steps of the project is to attach the 1×3 trims to back of the shelves. Although this step is not compulsory, it will most certainly add value to the woodworking project.
Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues. Round the edges with fine-grit sandpaper.
Smart tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the arbor bench.
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