How to build swedish style wood slat shelving.
12 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long 3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long 2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long 2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long (for cross supports, can also use 1x3s) 2" wood screws (you can also use a shorter wood screw like 1-1/4" for screwing down the shelving) I used all self tapping torque head screws (try the SPAX brand at Home Depot) so I didn't have to predrill any holes and no wood split out on me. I used all pine furring strips expect for the shelving I made deeper by using 1x6s instead of the 1x4s Nails and glue could also be used for securing shelving.
8 - 1x3 @ 32" (legs) - I actually cut mine at 31-3/4" to get three legs out of one 8 foot long 1x3 12 - 2x4 @ 12-1/2" (adjust this length if using a 1x6 for shelving or more 1x4s) 9 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long Cross supports are cut to fit
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Build the leg sets by attaching the 1x3 legs to the 2x4 supports with 2" wood screws and glue.
Attach the shelving boards on the outsides first, to the outside legs. Use a level to make sure your legs are level as you attach shelving.
Attach center boards last, leaving an even gap between the center board and the side board.
Place 1x2s across back and mark. Cut angles (can adjust a miter saw or use a handheld saw to cut) and attach to back. We found we only needed one cross support.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.