I decided to try my hand at building some shelves for my diecasts. This was a fairly quick & easy project for me, though having a pneumatic narrow-crown nailer is what made it easy.

This entire shelving unit was built from these 1/4" 2" x 2' boards from home depot and a 2'x2' piece of luan plywood. I cut all but two of the boards 1/2"shorter so I could use the two remaining as vertical sides and make a square. I made a distinct error here. I assumed the backer was actually exactly 2'x2', but it turned out to be a little smaller, so the backer doesn’t fit well. Something to correct on future versions.

I built the basic box and added the backer, then spaced the shelves by simply using another shelf as a spacer.

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2"wide and 2" tall is the perfect size for all but the largest diecasts. This spacing resulted in a larger lowest shelf, which gives me space for the biggest cars there.

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One side done. The other end was done by simply turning it around and doing the same spacing.

Once I was done the sides, I measured very carefully and put a staple though the back and into the shelves at the center back to keep them from sagging.

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Since this was a test run I didn’t bother to putty the staple holes, and simply gave the whole thing a coat of antique copper spray paint. The paint was thin enough it looks stained rather than painted (a happy accident).

The unit holds about 95 cars, and could hold a round 100 if I was willing to park them on top. I’ll definitely use this basic technique to build more shelving.