"The Shack Shelf"

The shelf holding my equipment was made in about 2 hours from three 48" x 12" x 3/4" pine boards purchased from a local home hardware store for about $15. This shelf is strong enough to hold all of the equipment shown in the photo, without buckling or bending. Having it raised up 4" from the desk allows me to put cables and small boxes underneath to save space.

Construction details:
1. Set two boards aside for now (coded yellow and green below).
2. Take the third board and cut it into four 12" x 12" pieces.
3. Cut 4 in. off each of the 12" x 12" pieces, and you will have
- four 8" x 12" pieces (the blue ones below)
- four 4" x 12" pieces (the red ones below)
4.
Now glue the 4" x 12" (red pieces) to the bottom shelf (green). I spaced them 24" apart (see diagram). Then nail them to the shelf with 1 " nails. Spacing can vary, but I chose the dimensions in the diagram to fit my equipment needs, and used only 3 of the 4 pieces. Use all 4 of you wish, depending on your needs.
5. Next, glue/nail the four 8" x 12" (blue pieces) to the bottom shelf (green). Spacing can vary, but I chose the dimensions in the diagram to fit my equipment needs.
6. Next, glue/nail the top shelf (yellow) to the 8" x 12" pieces..
7. Finally, you can stain and varnish the completed shelf if you wish to create more of a finished "wooden" look. I chose a walnut color to match my desk.



Overall Dimensions of the Shelf

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