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post #1 of 11 Old 04-21-2016, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Garage Shelf Question

Hey all,

Quick question. I think I am good here but wanted to confirm

Building some garage shelves between two existing walls. Total span is about 114 inches.

I need these shelves to be deep, so I am planning for 32 inches in depth. There will be one shelf on the floor and then 3 more above it with 20 inches in between each shelf. They will hold a lot of miscellaneous "stuff" but nothing super heavy......camping gear, Christmas stuff, and everything else that doesn't have another home.

Building your basic shelf frame. The rear "plate" of each shelf will be lagged to the back wall and the "side joists" will be lagged to the two side walls. Construction is 2X4 material to allow me to get maximum height between shelves. The frame will also consist of 2 X 4 "joists" (running back to front)every 16 OC. The shelf material itself will be half inch OSB

The rear plate of each frame will be a single 2X4 .....for the front "plate" I am going to use 2 - 2X4s glued (PL Premium) and carriage bolted together. I will use one vertical 8 foot 2X4 as a "post" screwed to the front of each of the shelves right at the mid-point to cut the 114 inch span in half and support the middle of all shelves. That gives me essentially 2 spans of 57 inches.

My question is, will this give me the proper support to store the stuff I mentioned above. At 57 inches I am guessing this should be more than sufficient but wanted to double check here to make sure.

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Because of your depth and width, this could even be a free-standing shelving unit on rollers if you wanted. It would not have to be attached permanently to the wall. If you want it attached, of course that will be added strength if you can locate your studs.
Good luck.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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The frame sounds plenty substantial, what are you using for the surface?
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Thank you.......the shelf deck or surface will be 1/2 inch OSB............I expect some deflection but hopefully not a lot
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You don't need two 2x4's in the front even. I have the exact same thing built with the "joists" 36 inches on center.

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Thank you very much....I have a tendency to overbuild things.......but good to know that even one 2X4 in the front would do the job.
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Me too. One of the shelves has half a dozen cases of floor tiles and 3 bags of mortar, and has been fine for 3+ years

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Ha...that's awesome.........sounds like I'll be able to repair car engines on mine then if I change careers....lol


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It never ceases to amaze me just how strong a few acres and 2x4's can be assembled. Thousands of pounds on little tiny chunks of pine and steel

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I think your plan is overkill. You say no heavy material on shelves.

I would use single 2x4 up front and no "joists." Would make shelves out of single sheet of 3/4" ply.

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Thanks guys. Should have asked before I bought the material for the "overkill version".......lol.......oh well.......if I overbuy materials again for something like this....my wife may end up making these shelves my permanent bed....at least now I know they can support me
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