Designed to fit standard woven baskets, this wood shelf frame uses simple butt joints with adhesive and nails to secure the slates, plus screws to attach the legs.
Step 1: Cut the Parts
Step 2: Make the Setout Jig
Step 3: Position the Slats
Step 4: Make the Shelves
Step 5: Secure the Legs
Step 6: Secure the Middle Shelves
Written by Gun Arvidssen
Measure the parts and use a miter box
with a tenon saw to cut them by hand
or clamp a cutting jig to a miter saw.
To make the jig, secure a cleat
of 4" x 1 3/4" x 3/4" wood to
a 35 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 3/4" offcut with
screws then measure 20" between
the edge of the miter saw blade and the
cleat, and clamp to the miter saw.
To keep the slats square make
a jig by positioning two offcuts of
19 3/4" x 3 1/2" x 3/4" in an L shape on the
workbench using a builder's square,
temporarily securing with nails.
Cut 20 slats then reposition the
jig to 14" for the crossrails.
In the jig, position five slats with
the best sides facing down spaced with
1/2" plywood offcuts between them.
Apply construction adhesive
over the end of the slats, position
a crossrail against the jig to secure
with 3/4" bullethead nails
then secure the other crossrail.
Position a shelf 1/2" from the
leg base, drill and countersink
pilot holes, securing with 1 1/4"
screws. Secure a shelf flush with the
top of the leg then attach the other leg.
From the base and top shelves
mark 11 1/4" to position the middle
shelves. Check for square, drill and
countersink to secure with screws
then attach the legs on the other side.
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