Build Leaning Shelves
Create simple but decorative vertical storage using lengths of plywood and pine.
At first glance, this lightweight ladder-like shelving looks like it might topple over, but it’s actually very stable and sturdy.
The legs are cut at a 10º angle, and the incline against the wall keeps the 2100mm high shelving solidly upright.
The tray-like shelves can hold items up to 330mm high, and each shelf is less deep than the one below to follow the angle of the unit.
The shelving can be constructed from a more expensive timber, such as maple, jarrah or Tasmanian oak, to showcase the grain.
Or, it can be made from plywood or pine and finished with a timber stain to keep costs down.
This set of shelves was made out of BC grade plywood with the better B side facing up. The plywood layers at the front edge of each shelf are hidden behind iron-on edging, while the legs, spacing cleats and shelf backs and sides are cut from DAR finger-jointed pine.
After being assembled, the shelving was thoroughly sanded with 180 grit abrasive paper and a satin stain and varnish in jarrah was applied.
TIP For a painted finish, make the shelving from MDF and apply a sealer, then two coats of acrylic.