DIY SKATE: SKATE BOARD SHELVES
Hello and welcome to the first in a series of DIY skate tutorials. Whether you're skilled with your hands or just on a budget, this blog is for you.
In this tutorial I will be guiding you through the step-by-step process I took to create THESE skate shelves, that I now use in my storage.
All that shelf goodness in one sheet of MDF, a few wooden beams, and a handful of wood screws.
You can make these shelves as fancy or as basic as you please once you have cut the wood to shape. I opted to cut wider gaps for my shelves for the purpose of fitting more boards, however you can reduce the size and shape of the MDF overall for your own purposes.
I will include a picture of the pattern used to create the shape, simply copy the pattern onto the sheet of MDF and get cutting.
For tools I cut the initial shape out with a hand saw, and finished with a jig saw. I used a drill to make holes for the jigsaw, and pilot holes for the screws to go in. finally I used an electric screwdriver to drive the wood screws through.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- x1 sheet of MDF (I went for 60"x40")
- x2 wooden beams (2x4 or alternative)
- 2.5" wood screws (I used 12 screws per shelf)
- Hand saw
- Jig saw
- Electric screwdriver
- Ruler or Long straight edge. (For drawing on the MDF)
- G-Clamp or alternative Clip/Clamps.
I find the best way to plan for anything is to draw a mock-up first. In the picture above I have created a rectangle and drawn a centre line through the middle of it.
You will notice I have also drawn this on lined paper. The intention here is to provide myself some easy guide lines to follow as I move forward.
The measurements in the picture above are a template, simply draw this onto your sheet of MDF with a pencil and a straight edged ruler before you start cutting.
In the picture above you can see I've cut out the initial shape drawn, and opened up the shape once cut to be wider in order to house more boards.
To do this I drilled holes at each tip of the " Z " shape, and used the jig saw to cut out the individual pieces til I was left with the initial shelf shape.
Then I flipped one of the shelf pieces over and laid it on the other, clamped them together, and used the jig saw to further remove and round off the shelves. The picture above is the result.
The shelves are starting to come together now, but they need a frame to hold everything together.
To start I attached the shelves to beams, making sure the flat edge of the bottom of the shelf is flush with the flat end of the beam, so they will sit nicely on the floor when assembled. This also provides a good guideline for when you put the "feet" on the shelves.
To attach I initially clamped the shelf to the beam, drilled a pilot hole where I wanted the screws to go, and then put the screws in half way.
your screws should be long enough to go through the MDF and pass through the first beam with excess screw left, so when the time comes to attach a cross beam, you can screw the last of the screw through into the end of the cross-beam.
I put two screws in each join to make sure I had no wobble in the shelf. Any wobble will mean with an excess of weight, your shelf may fall over and you will be sad. So put two screws in to be safe.
Attach your cross beam, flip the half-shelf over and attach the other side, and you've got a shelf that you could attach to a wall! Or you could give it feet, as pictured above.
To do that, line up the wooden beams so that they are at a 90 degree angle from your shelf, and put screws through the back of the shelf into the end of the beam. I also put a couple of smaller screws through the side of the MDF into the feet to strengthen the overall build.
Congratulations, you've created your very own skate board shelves. Feel free to fill them with lots of SNG boards, as shown above.
Stay tuned for more DIY skate tutorials, skate hacks, I will be posting more of my personal favourites on here soon.
Got a skate problem you need solving? Leave it in the comments below and I will try my best to come up with a low budget alternative.