Organize – Phase 4 – Part 3: B. Under Pegboard Shelving

B. Medium Difficulty Installation:  Under Pegboard Shelving

 

This type of installation will be Installing Shelving Just Below Your Pegboard, using shelving brackets screwed into the wall. This type of installation also applies to installing shelving which is unrelated to your pegboard.

 

Materials & Supplies Needed:

  • Shelving (type, length, and depth of your choice)
  • Shelving Brackets (type of your choice and sized to fit the depth of your Shelves)
  • #8 Phillips Round Head Wood Screws – (2) sizes (length determined by the thickness of the materials being screwed into, and the number to be determined by the number of Shelving Brackets x the number of Screws needed for each)
  • #10 Phillips Round Head Wood Screws (optional – instead of #8 Screws – only needed if you are using Standard Angle Iron Brackets, or use 1/2” Washers used with #8 Screws, since the holes on these types of Brackets are larger.)
  • Mollies (optional – only needed if NOT screwing into 2″ x 4″s. Size will be equal to screw size used.)

 

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Tools & Supplies Needed:

  • Safety Glasses
  • Mechanics Work Gloves
  • Design Plans for both your Primary Base and your Secondary Base
  • Scratch Paper
  • Clipboard
  • Sharpened Pencil
  • 25’ Tape Measure
  • Stud Finder
  • Roll of Painter’s Tape
  • Claw Hammer
  • (1) 1” long or longer Finishing Nail
  • Cordless Drill with Quick Change Phillips Head Bit
  • Magnetic Quick Change Extension for the Cordless Drill
  • Quick Change Drill Bit (with a diameter equal to or slightly smaller than the shaft of the Screws being used)
  • Quick Change Drill Bit (with a diameter equal to or slightly smaller than the Mollies being used) (optional – if needed)
  • 6” Torpedo Level
  • 4’ Level
  • Broom and Dust Pan or Shop Vac

Additional Tools will be needed if you are cutting any of your Shelves:

  • 12” T-Square
  • Skill Saw or Jig Saw with Plywood or Crosscut Saw Blade or Crosscut Hand Saw
  • Extension Cord for your Power Saw (if needed)
  • Saw Horses or Cutting Table
  • Whisk Broom

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Step-by-Step Instructions

 

B. Medium Difficulty Installation: Under Pegboard Shelving

 

Step 1 – Create a Materials & Supplies Needed Sheet

Your master heading will be entitled:  Under Pegboard Shelving.

The information to complete this Step is found in the page:   Steps Common to All Projects

Simply click on that Link and you will be directed there.

You can also access it in the drop-down Top Menu under:   Home

After completing this Step, simply click on your ‘back arrow’ (top left corner of the page) to return to these instructions.

 

Step 2 – Calculating Amount of Shelving Needed

Calculate the Amount, Lengths, Widths, and Type of Shelving Needed for each of your Bases. Write your findings in the appropriate columns on your Materials & Supplies Needed sheet.

Consult your Primary Base design to see where your shelving will be installed. Measure or remeasure the lengths to confirm, adding any additional shelving if needed. If you have any shelves that are a little shorter than the standard length that the shelving is offered in, simply round up to the appropriate length.

Next you will need to decide on the depth(s) of your shelves. Usual shelf depths are: 6″, 8″, 10″, & 12″. Choose the appropriate depth(s) based on the items that you intend to store on each of your shelves.

In the appropriate area on your Materials & Supplies Needed sheet, list: (number of shelves) – depth x length for each different size of shelving needed.

Repeat this process for your Secondary Base, writing in the appropriate area on your Materials & Supplies Needed sheet. Then, add the Primary and Secondary items, and list your totals in the TOTALS column.

 

Step 3 – Calculating Amount of Shelving Brackets Needed

Calculate the Amount and Type of Shelving Brackets Needed for all of your shelving. Write your findings in the appropriate columns on your Materials & Supplies Needed sheet.

You will need (2) Shelving Brackets for each shelf that is 8’ long or shorter. A 12’ long shelf will require at least (3) brackets.

Multiply the number of each different size of shelving by the appropriate number of brackets needed in your Primary and Secondary Bases, and list: (number of brackets needed) – depth size, for each different size shelf, in the appropriate columns on your Materials & Supplies Needed sheet. Add your totals and mark them in the TOTALS column.

Shelving Brackets should NOT be placed more than 4’ apart. If you are using 3/4” shelving, you can install your brackets up to 2’ in from both edges, so you will only need (2) brackets for an 8’ long shelf. (Place heavier items in the center, and lighter items on the overhang portions of your shelf.)

 

Step 4 – Calculate the Amount and Length of Screws Needed

Locate your studs where all of your shelf brackets will be installed, to see if you will need any mollies for your installations. This will also affect the length of the screws that you will use.

Calculate the Amount and Length of the Screws Needed to install all of your shelving brackets, along with any mollies needed. Write your findings in the appropriate columns on your Materials & Supplies Needed sheet.

Consult your design plans to see exactly where your shelving will be installed. Next, you will need to take your stud finder, and locate all of your studs in the areas of your proposed shelf bracket installations. This will determine whether or not you will need any mollies for your installation, along with determining the length needed for your screws.

Look closely at the shelving brackets that you are purchasing, noticing how many holes are present for screws to attach the bracket to the wall, as well as for screws to attach the bracket to your shelving. You will need (2) different lengths of #8 Phillips Round Head Wood Screws for each shelf.

(You may need #10 Screws if you are using Standard Angle Iron Brackets, or 1/2” washers, since the holes on these types of brackets are larger.)

The First length will be for the screws attaching the shelf bracket to the wall. Count the number of holes used to attach each bracket to the wall, and multiply that number by the number of shelf brackets being purchased. This will be the total amount of these type of screws needed.

Do this for each of your Bases listing the numbers needed in the appropriate columns. Then, add them up and place the total number needed in your TOTALS column.

Then, count the number of mollies that will be required for each shelf bracket. List these in your appropriate columns as well.

In order to determine the length needed for your screws, you need to add up the thickness of the materials being screwed into plus the thickness of the shelf bracket, and an additional 3/4” – 1” for screwing into your 2” x 4” studs.

Example:  If you are attaching to 1/2” wallboard, add 1/2” plus the thickness of your shelf bracket (1/8” – 1/4” thick), plus 3/4” – 1” for screwing into your 2” x 4” studs.

Based on this Example, the length for your screws would be 1 1/2 – 1 3/4” long.

Do this for each of your Bases listing the length needed after your number needed in each appropriate column. Then, add them up and place the total number needed in your TOTALS column after the total number needed.

If you are installing with mollies, 1” long screws should be used.

The Second length will be for the screws attaching the shelf bracket to the shelf. If you are using standard 3/4” thick shelving, then you will need 3/4” #8 Phillips Round Head Wood Screws. (The thickness of the shelf bracket will reduce the length of penetration into your shelving, keeping your screws from penetrating the top surface of your shelves.)

(Remember: You may need #10 Screws if you are using Standard Angle Iron Brackets, or 1/2” washers, since the holes on these types of brackets are larger.)

Count the number of holes used to attach each bracket to your shelving, and multiply that number by the number of shelf brackets being purchased. Do this for each of your Bases, listing the length needed after your number needed, in each appropriate columns. Then, add them up and place the total number needed in your TOTALS column.

 

Step 5 – Calculate Project Cost

Step 6 – Order Your Materials & Tools Needed

Step 7 – Inspect Your Delivery

The information to complete these (3) Steps is found in the page:   Steps Common to All Projects

Simply click on that Link and you will be directed there.

You can also access it in the drop-down Top Menu under:   Home

After completing these (3) Steps, simply click on your ‘back arrow’ (top left corner of the page) to return to these instructions.

 

Step 8 – Cut Shelves to Size if Needed

Cut any specific lengths needed for any of your shelves.

If there are any shelves that need to be cut to a specific size, you can do that now. Measure the length needed and mark your board in two spots (both sides of your tape measure). Take your 12” T-square and pencil mark a line all the way across your shelf at the marks that you made. Place your board on your saw horses or cutting table with the cut mark overhanging the edge by about 6”. Using your power or hand saw, cut along your marked line, while holding your board firmly in place. Brush off any sawdust with your whisk broom.

Do this for all boards that need to be cut for both of your Bases, and place each one near the area where they will be installed once they have been cut.

 

Step 9 – Locate Where Shelving Brackets Will be Installed

Perform the actions in Steps 9 and 10 completely for your first shelf, and then repeat the process for any additional shelves needed in both of your Bases.

Locate and mark exactly where all of your shelving brackets will be located for your first shelf. Complete the installation process, and then repeat the Steps for all additional shelves being installed.

Check your design plans to see exactly where the first shelf (top shelf) will be located. Using your tape measure, measure the height to the top surface of your shelf, at the left edge of where it will be located, and place a small piece of painter’s tape on that spot. (If you are installing your shelf directly below your pegboard, the height measurement has already been determined.) Span the distance equal to your shelf length, and place another piece of painter’s tape, to indicate the other end of the shelf at the same height.

Now, you must decide on where you will be installing your brackets. (For aesthetics and stability, you should keep the amount of overhang equal for both sides. Also, keep in mind, the distance between shelf brackets should be 48″ or less.) Mark where each bracket is planned to go, placing a small piece of painter’s tape about 2″ above where each shelf bracket will be installed.

Then, you will need to check if there are 2” x 4” studs where you intend to place your brackets. Use your stud finder if necessary, marking the location of each stud with a piece of painter’s tape. (If installing a shelf just below your pegboard, the studs will be located  where your screws are that are holding it in place.)

If there are NO studs where you need them, you will need to install your screws using mollies (size of mollies equal to your screw size).

There are separate instructions for each type of installation, as follows:

 

Installing Brackets into 2″ x 4″s

Locate both edges of each stud being used for brackets with your stud finder, about 2″ below each tape piece used to mark the intended location for your brackets. Mark those edges with small pieces of painter’s tape.

Measure the thickness of your shelving, and measure this amount, downward, from the bottom edge of your pegboard, or from the bottom of your shelf height measurement. Place a pencil mark or a small piece of painter’s tape on that spot, indicating where the top of each of your shelf brackets will be (you can use the same tape pieces that you used to mark the planned locations for your brackets). (Place the mark or tape centered width-wise in the area of your 2” x 4”s.)

If multiple shelves will be installed below the first, measure down and place a pencil mark or small piece of painter’s tape, indicating the top of all additional shelf brackets needed. You should double-check each of these additional marks with your stud finder to insure that you are centered on your 2” x 4” (Studs are not always vertically straight). Make sure that all your marks or pieces of Tape are centered  width-wise in your studs.

Then, take your 4’ level, and span across the bracket location marks from one stud to the other corresponding stud(s) where shelf brackets will be installed. At the level point for each, adjust your marks or tape pieces as needed, in order to insure that the brackets will be installed level.

 

Installing Brackets using Mollies

Place a bracket in each place on the wall where you intend it to be installed, and mark each location with small pieces of painter’s tape for each edge and the top of the bracket.

Then, take your 4’ level, and span across the bracket location marks indicating the tops of the brackets. At the level point for each, adjust your marks or tape pieces as needed, in order to insure that the brackets will be installed level.

Step 10 – Install Shelving Brackets & Shelving

Install your first shelf, then repeat Steps 9 & 10 for all additional shelves being installed.

You will need the following items for this Step:

  • Pencil
  • Shelf Brackets
  • 6” Torpedo Level
  • Claw Hammer
  • (1) 1” long or longer Finishing Nail
  • Cordless Drill with Quick Change Phillips Drill Bit
  • Magnetic Quick Change Extension for the Cordless Drill
  • Quick Change Drill Bit (with a diameter that is equal to or slightly smaller than the shaft of the Screws being used)
  • Quick Change Drill Bit (with a diameter that is equal to or slightly smaller than the shaft of the Mollies being used (optional – if needed)
  • All Screws (and optional Washers and/or Mollies if needed)

Take your first shelf bracket, place it with the top of the bracket at your first mark, and place your 6” torpedo level on top of the bracket. Adjust to level, check that your bracket is in the right place, and pencil mark in each of the holes where screws will be used to attach the bracket to the wall. Then, set the bracket down.

Take your claw hammer and finishing nail, and punch a small indentation in the center of each mark. On this mark, pre-drill the holes about 2/3 of the length of the appropriate screws (longer ones). Then change over to your phillips head bit, and install all of the screws to secure your bracket to the wall, making sure that you check the bracket with your torpedo level before doing the final tightening. Repeat this for all of the brackets needed to install your first Shelf.

If you are installing with mollies, pre-drill your holes using the appropriate drill bit. Then, take your claw hammer or a ball-peen hammer and tap the mollie into the hole until the collar of the mollie is flush with the wall. Then install your bracket and screws, being careful not to overtighten.

Once the brackets have been installed on the wall, set your shelf on top of them, making sure that it is positioned exactly where you want it. Then, take your pencil, and carefully mark in each of the holes where screws will be used to attach the brackets to the shelf. (Be careful not to move your shelf.)

After marking all of the holes, double-check each one to insure that they are all centered, and that you have not moved your shelf at all. Then, take the shelf and lay it on your table or workbench, with the marked side facing up.

Take your hammer and finishing nail, and punch a small indentation in the center of each mark. Now, take a small piece of painter’s tape, and wrap it tightly around the drill bit that you will use for pre-drilling, 1/2” from the tip. This will indicate the depth that you will drill into your shelf.

Pre-drill all of marked holes in your shelf, being careful not to let the tape touch the shelf (or it may tend to move up the drill bit). Make sure that you hold the drill perpendicular to the shelf when drilling each hole. (If you are unsure that you are holding the drill in the right position, you can always check it using your 12” T-square.)

When all of the holes have been pre-drilled, switch over to your phillips bit, reposition your shelf on the brackets, line up all of the holes, and screw the brackets to your shelf. Be careful not to over tighten the screws, or they may strip out in the wood.

If you are using MDF board for your shelves, I recommend that you install these screws in by hand to prevent stripping them out.)

Now, go back to Step 9, and repeat the process for additional shelves to be installed in both of your Bases.

When you are finished, use your shop vac or broom and dust pan to clean up any mess.

 

Step 11 – Fill Your Shelves

Fill All of Your Shelves with the appropriate items.

Fill Your Shelves with the appropriate items that you have on hand. Keep heavier items in the center, and lighter items on any overhangs. Place like items near each other, such as boxes of xcrews, sorted by size.

 

When Completed, Stand Back and Admire Your Handiwork!

Nice JobCongratulations on Completing Your Project!

 

Now, clean up any messes and put all Tools used for this Project in their proper places.

 

Stay Organized!

 

Please take the time to leave a Comment, letting me know how your project went.

 

Thanks,

CJ Dodaro

 

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