This post has stuff about religion. My perspective has changed
Some time ago I put up a bunch of shelves in our garage. We use those big plastic totes to store all of our auto accessories, power tools, Christmas decorations, etc. so I wanted to make sure that the shelves were big enough for the totes and that the whole thing was sturdy enough to hold all that. It turned out to be a really straight-forward project and I had a lot of fun doing it. Here’s an overview of the process I used:
First I drew a little sketch of the whole assembly, then measured and cut the wood.
Then I squared everything up and framed it out. It’s pretty important to get it squared up right. If you’re off a little bit it’ll be bent out of shape towards the end.
Once everything is standing up the shelves get screwed into the supports, which span the width of the assembly.
I decided to use some heavy duty carriage bolts so that I could get the whole thing tightened down real well. I just drilled some big holes through the frame and the crossbar and bolted it through.
At this point the whole structure is a little wobbly and difficult to work with. I added some temporary supports to hold it all in place while I screwed in the particle board shelves.
Once I was finished I screwed the whole thing into the studs in the wall. This added some extra support for heavy loads. Here you can see the unpainted, finished product. I think it turned out pretty good.