This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood shelving system is made out of 3/4″ sanded pine plywood from Home Depot. This system can be modified to fit all sorts of shelving and home office needs but should be fastened to the structural members behind the gypsum board of the wall it is being installed on. This project cost about $65 and took around 5 hours to build.

SUPPLIES:

HomeMade Modern3/4″ Plywood
Home Depot
I used two layers of 3/4″ plywood to make a deck that embedded into the concrete and fastened the casters to.

TOOLS:

HomeMade ModernRYOBI Jig Saw
Available at Home Depot

HomeMade ModernRYOBI Circular Saw
Available at Home Depot

HomeMade ModernRYOBI Orbital Sander
Available at Home Depot

HomeMade ModernRYOBI 18 Volt Cordless Drill
Available at Home Depot

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This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

INSTRUCTIONS:

HomeMade ModernSTEP 1: Cut the plywood.
I clamped a straight edge to the plywood to use as a guide and made long rip cuts with my circular saw. I then cut the strips of plywood that I ripped to length.

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

HomeMade ModernSTEP 2: Glue the strips together.
I glued the 2-inch wide strips together in pairs to make spines that will support the shelves.

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

HomeMade ModernSTEP 3: Cut triangular supports.
I made triangular supports out by cutting triangles that are as long as the shelf boards are wide.

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

HomeMade ModernSTEP 4: Sand the pieces.
I used 120 grit sand paper to smooth down the rough cut edges of the triangles and shelf boards.

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

HomeMade ModernSTEP 5: Sand the spines.
I used my orbital sander with 120 grit pads to sand down the glued together spines so that the layers of plywood would be flush.

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

HomeMade ModernSTEP 6: Trim the spines.
I used my circular saw to trim the edges of the glued together spines and cute the corners at 45 degrees. This is just for aesthetic reasons and isn’t necessary.

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

HomeMade ModernSTEP 7: Screw the spines to the support strips.
I screwed 3.5″ wide strips of plywood to the backs of the glued together spines. I only used a few finish screws on the front side and provided the majority of the strength by screwing 6 screws from the back. I used finish screws to minimize that appearance of the screw heads.

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com



HomeMade ModernSTEP 8: Mount to the wall.
I used my stud finder to locate the studs behind the gypsum board and then screwed through the strips of plywood, through the gypsum board and into the studs. Typically studs in walls are every 16″ on center. I skipped every other stud and screwed my supports about 32″ apart from each other. I used a level to make sure the supports were vertical.

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

HomeMade ModernSTEP 9: Cut notches in shelf boards.
Now that the vertical supports are mounted I can measure the locations of notches in the shelf boards so that they will fit flush to the plywood strips. I drilled holes and then cut out notches with my jig saw.

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

HomeMade ModernSTEP 10: Screw triangles to vertical supports.
I used finish screws to screw the triangles to the vertical supports. I used a square to make sure the supports were perpendicular.

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

HomeMade ModernSTEP 11: Secure and modify.
Some of the plywood boards are a bit warped but a few finish screws through the shelf boards and into the triangular supports straightens them out and secures them. I wanted to used the widest shelf as a desk so I cut out a piece of the shelf above it to make room for a computer.

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

HomeMade ModernSmart home integration.
I experimented with the Amazon Echo system and used the Echo show and Echo Dot to control the lights and temperature in my loft. These smart home products are surprisingly easy to integrate. Check out more info about them on the Home Depot Apron Blog (link coming soon).

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

This DIY plywood home office is made out of ¾” plywood from Home depot and was designed and built by Ben Uyeda. For more information go to HomeMade-Modern.com

Good luck making your own DIY plywood shelves and please email or tweet photos to @benuyeda or ben@homemade-modern.com

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