How to build a closet organizer {post 2}

By Pinktoesandpowertools | Progress Posts

DIY Closet organizer day 2:  Drive to Home Depot, buy the stuff you need, come home, and cut your sheets of plywood.  Go to bed.

DIY Closet organizer day 3:  In the morning, you limp to the bathroom, holding your back the entire way, wondering what the make of the car was that hit you yesterday, and then remember that you are only sore because you cut up two sheets of plywood on the cold garage floor the day before.  Make a vow to start exercising and eating right because you have too many projects to do in this house to be too old for this.

Forget the vow.  Breakfast is coffee with caramel macchiato creamer (there’s calcium in that right?).  Head to the garage, hoping the concrete floor is warmer than yesterday.

It’s not.

Picture the closet before photo in your head which fires you up to get started on some shelf pin holes!


I use a peg board guide, which I used on the built-in cabinets in Pip’s room already.  Kreg has a new shelf pin hole jig that I tried to find locally to use on this project, but no dice.  I used the 13/64 drill bit on these.  In the past I have used the exact size bit as the shelf pin, but I have to use a hammer to get the pin into the hole after painting, which is a complete pain.

Drill bit set

Then I determine how far I want the drill bit to go into the wood, keeping in mind it has to clear the peg board also.  I mark it with tape like so:

And do a practice hole in a scrap piece of wood (through the peg board too).  Check to make sure that the hole is the right depth with a shelf pin.

Lay the guide on one side.  I don’t clamp, I just stand on it with both feet making sure I only move one foot at a time so I don’t wiggle it out of position.  I’ve got the holes I want to drill circled.  Mine are 2″ apart.  Make sure you hold the drill as straight as possible and you know you are deep enough when the tape swipes all the shavings off the peg board.

Using a square, draw some guide lines (I did 3).  Draw them through the middle of the holes you already drilled to the other side.

Flip the board over so that the side you just saw is now on the bottom and the edge you just used to line up on the bottom is still lined up, just on the other side now.  Make sure that the guide lines you just drew are in the center (or close) of the holes.  Drill the other side’s pin holes.

Now I continue the guide lines on the board that will hold the other side of the shelf. That’s probably not necessary, but I know it will drive me bonkers if it is a little bit crooked.

For the closet organizer, I drilled the holes in the areas indicated.  The boards that go against the walls to the right and left of the cabinet have the same amount of holes as the corresponding cabinet side.

 I bought white nylon shelf pins supports for this.  I prefer metal, but these were half off and I got 45 for $3.10.  It was going to cost me $8 for the metal.  Not a lot of difference, but I’m right at my budget for this project right now and I don’t want to nickel and dime it over.

Next up is drawers.  I found a faster way to build these than my previous method that I used on Pip’s Storage Bed.  I am loving that it went faster because eventually I’d like to build cabinets in my crafting/sewing room and that will call for a lot of drawers.  It’s probably a good thing that the cost of drawer glides adds up quickly, otherwise I’d be putting drawers in every little nook and cranny in this place!

What about you?  Is there something you find yourself adding to every available spot in your home?