Where do you store all the stuff that’s in
your garage? Hey there. I’m Jeff with Home Repair Tutor,
and in this video I’m going to share with you how to build a wall storage unit like
this one so that you can find things like paint, old stain, glue, anything that you’re
looking for that you just can’t seem to find on a regular basis when you’re doing home
repair projects. So stay tuned. I think you’re really going to like this storage unit. And
you’re going to learn about a whole bunch of different carpentry skills that’ll serve
you well in the future. So let’s get started. So the general concept of this unit, this
shelving unit, is going to be the back of it using this ½” birch plywood and then 2
pieces of ¾” birch plywood. What I’m going to do is cut a dado or a U-shaped
crevice into this wood using a router. You’ll see that the dado is really slick because
what it’s going to allow me to do is position the back portion of the shelving unit into
both sides of this ¾” plywood. But I’m also going to be using a cleat to hang the shelving
unit onto the wall. And that cleat is about ¾ inches think. So the cleat is going to
come out to right about here. So I want to make my dado start at roughly ¾ inches in
from the back of this ¾” plywood. It’s all kind of fuzzy right now but it will make sense
as we move along. And it’s always good to practice on a scrap
piece of wood with your router just to see what it’s going to look like and if you have
the speed set to the right setting. So this looks a little bit choppy here so
I’m going to actually make the setting be a little bit higher to see if I could get
a better look. All right. That’s a square cut using the trim
router and it’s going to add a little bit more structural integrity to the wall cabinet
once I get it all assembled. One tip here. You can see how I set the router
depth about an eighth of an inch. Well this is ¾” birch plywood, right? So I don’t want
to exceed the depth of the plywood by more than 1/3 of the width. So in this case, if
it’s ¾” plywood, I don’t want to cut the dado cut in there by more than ¼ inch. That
way I can still get my structural integrity with my wall unit but I’m not going to compromise
the strength of the ¾” plywood. Okay. I have my straight edge in place. It’s
clamped down. I measured over enough so that I know that my trim router will be just to
the left of this line here that indicates the depth of the cleat.
So the first pass with the router, the depth of the bit was 1/8 of an inch. The second
pass I adjusted the depth down to ¼ inch. Now you can use the Kreg shelf pin jig to
create shelf pin holes in the vertical pieces of your unit. Since the tallest thing that
I’m going to be storing is a 12″ high silicone tube, I want my shelves to be about 12½ – 13
inches high. So I’m going to use this 5″ piece of wood. And I’m going to butt it up against
the Kreg shelf pin jig. So as you can see, my silicone caulking tube is going to fit
perfectly on that shelf. So with the depth on the drill bit set, according to the Kreg
instructions, I’m just going to go ahead and drill a hole. All right. It’s as simple as
that. Then what I’m going to do the rest of the
way is just line up this piece of wood with the top of the hole here, the shelf pin hole
that I just made—it’s not an exact science. I don’t need it to be an exact science but
I need roughly 12 inches between every single pin so I got this piece of wood lined up and
I’m going to drill my next hole. Since I’m only going to have three shelves
that I need to install, I’m going to create three separate holes. Obviously I got to create
a hole on the other side, too, and I’ll do that next.
So I flip the Kreg jig over I’m going to create my second hole that partners with this one
here. All right. There you go. Now you’ve got two
holes that you can hang your shelf on. And you want to do the same thing for the second
vertical piece. Okay. What you can do next is take some Titebond
II wood glue and place it into your dado. Now the slightly tricky part—and you may
want to get a partner for this—is to put the ½” piece of plywood that’s going to serve
as the back of the shelving unit into the dado. Now you can apply some wood glue to
the other side of the ½” plywood. Then insert the second vertical piece of wood. And one
other tip. Make sure that the pin holes in this vertical piece line up with the pin holes
in the first vertical piece. Use your router square to make sure that this vertical piece
of wood is actually at a 90° angle to the back of the wall unit. And you can use a Brad
Nailer or finish nails to secure the wood. All right. So we’re almost done. Here’s what
the unit looks like without the top and the bottom pieces. But all you have to do is cut
some of those to size. Add wood glue to the top just like what you
did to the sides. Took a little chunk out of this piece of plywood so I’m going to put
it to the top. I’m going to wipe off some excess glue there. Then I’m going to pin this
top board to the rest of the unit. I will say this. If you don’t mind spending
some extra money, buy some clamps. Glue everything together, clamp it, then Brad Nail it. That’ll
make this unit a lot stronger. Because of the size of this wall cabinet,
I decided to hang it on a cleat. So a cleat is just a piece of wood that you hang on the
wall so that it’s a lot easier to hang the cabinet.
I did this using ¼” x 3¼” Tapcon. And Tapcons are really just fancy screws that you can
drill into concrete or cement. Of course it also helps to have a hammer drill.
I highly recommend having a hammer drill if you’re going to be drilling into concrete.
Trust me, it will be a long day for you if you try to drill into cement or cinder block
with a regular drill. All right. Now it’s time to take off my clamps.
Let this cabinet sit overnight and hopefully the wood glue set up.
All right. So the cleat is going to make hanging this cabinet so much easier. All right. At
least I’ve got this on the wall now and what you can do next is drill into the cleat and
secure the cabinet to that cleat. And if you’re not satisfied with just one
cleat, you can add a second one at the bottom so that the cabinet will be super secure.
I always like to pre-drill holes and then put my screws in when working with cleats.
So it makes it a lot easier. All you have to do is go zoom, zoom, zoom, and your cabinet
will be attached to the cleat in no time. And of course, do the same thing for the bottom.
If you use the Kreg shelf pin jig, you need the 5mm shelf pins. But keep in mind that
there is some depth to the shelf pin. So what I did is I cut my shelves 1/16″ – 1/18″ shorter
than the width of the wall cabinet. So it’s really to install, the shelf pins. Just slide
them into the hole. And then you can take your shelf and just
lay it on top of your shelf pins. Oh boy! As you can see here, I made a little
bit of a mistake with the shelves. They’re not level. But this is not a problem. Mistakes
happen so it’s easy to fix this. All you need to do is to raise the shelf until it is level.
And I’m going to make a mark indicating that level spot. And I’m going to make a mark on
the side of the cabinet indicating where I need to put the new shelf pin holes.
And since I can’t use the Kreg jig to make the new shelf pin holes, I just put a piece
of tape on the drill bit indicating the depth that I want the drill bit to go.
Okay. That’s a lot better. It’s not perfect but, hey, that’s pretty level. I’m happy with
it. You can attach these little screw eyes to
the front of the cabinet. First you’ll have to drill a hole. The reason why I’m doing
that is I’m going to attach bungee cords to the outside of the cabinet. And this will
prevent stuff from falling off, yet it allows you to easily see what’s in the actual cabinet.
You can move things around easily to find what you want.
All right. That’s it. That’s how you make a super cool wall storage unit like this one
here. I’m really happy with the results. Of course it’s not perfect but, hey, you know
what? Nothing’s perfect. So just live with it.
Anyhow, I hope that you learned a few really awesome carpentry tips like how to use a Kreg
jig, how to use a router, and the different options that you might have for other carpentry
projects. So that was really my goal is to not only show you how to make this wall unit
but to introduce you to some new carpentry concepts.
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[Outtakes] I don’t know if you can see this but my breath
is visible in this garage because it’s probably about 20°. It’s freezing here in Pittsburgh!
My gosh! It was like -20° last week. Woohoo! It’s cold!