Here’s an idea for the
unambitious realistic among us: sturdy plastic brackets that reduce shelf-building to point-and-drool simplicity. Just add two-by-fours cut to whatever length you like, and the ShelfLinks connect ’em together into a basic shelving system.
The ShelfLinks system is designed to create 16″ deep shelves — the most common shelf size in garages and shops — but you can place two together to make a 32″ deep work bench. It consists of four zinc-coated components: ShelfLinks, WorkBench Legs, Sawhorse connectors, and Firewood Rack connectors. You can combine these in creative ways to make all sorts of crazy storage setups. Check out the photos on the site (link below) for some finished products ideas — some of which look pretty slick!
Street pricing varies based on your application, but think cheap: for example, a six-pack of Shelf-Links starts around $30. Finley, the manufacturer, also makes similar components to simplify deck, outdoor structure, and outdoor furniture construction — and offers project-specific kits in eacy type.
ShelfLinks are made in Pennsylvania and carry a lifetime warranty.