Knock-Down Shelving System | Woodworking Project | Woodsmith Plans

Knock-Down Shelving System

This set of shelves uses a clever design of interlocking notches and keys that make it a snap to set up or take down. It’s sure to be a fun weekend build.

This little knock-down shelving system was designed to be simple and useful. As you can see, there isn’t a whole lot in the way of parts to this setup. A set of four frames provide the basic structure, while shelves that are each made from two thick maple planks pass between the frames. The unique part of the system is how it’s assembled. When they’re butted together, the shelf planks are narrower than the openings in the frame and pass through them easily. Then, driving hardwood keys into grooves at the ends of the planks spreads them apart. Notches cut in the outside edges engage with the frame stiles to lock it all together. If you ever need to take the shelving system apart to move it, you can simply tap out the keys, remove the shelves, and it all breaks down neatly into a tidy stack of frames and boards for storage or transport.

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  • 35 full-color photos, illustrations and exploded views
  • Cutting diagram and materials list
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