DIY Locker Shelf

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Trying to fit all of your stuff in a locker can be a challenge. Most are compact and have space for only the essentials: a coat, books and a backpack. Usually lockers have only one shelf on which to store personal items such as a purse or lunch. Remedy this by building an inexpensive shelf from plywood. Depending on the shelf's height and locker size, you will need a piece of plywood at least 36 inches by 15 inches. You can place items on top and underneath this homemade shelf.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • 1/2-inch plywood
  • Sawhorse
  • Ruler
  • Hand saw, circular saw or table saw
  • Wood glue
  • 6 finishing nails 1 inch long
  • Hammer
  • Measure the opening and the depth of the locker. Determine how high off the base of the locker you want the shelf to sit. Deduct 1/2 inch off the locker opening and the depth measurements to ensure the assembled shelf will fit in the locker.

  • Place the plywood on the saw horse. Draw an outline of the top shelf on the plywood using the measurements from Step 1. Put the outline on a corner to minimize the number of cuts and to not waste wood, which you will need for the legs. Cut along the outline.

  • Draw two shelf legs side by side on the plywood using the depth and height measurements, minus 1/2 inch (the thickness of the plywood). Cut along the outlines.

  • Glue each leg to the underside of the shelf top so the piece looks like a little table.

  • Hammer three finishing nails through the shelf top into each leg: one in the middle and the other two one inch from each end.

  • Sand and paint or stain the shelf if you want to give it a more polished look.

Tips & Warnings

  • Using a table saw or a circular saw is much quicker than a hand saw and lead to a straighter edge.
  • Make a saw horse by putting two big sturdy boxes approximately a foot apart.
  • Hardware stores often have wood scrap bins where you can find a piece of plywood big enough to complete this project instead of buying a large sheet.
  • Wear protective eyewear when operating power tools.

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