Simple birch plywood closet organizer

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Project by JSOvens posted 12-06-2013 05:31 PM 6168 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone,

The first project I will be posting here is a simple closet organizer (I actually built two in tandem, which are quite similar). This project is somewhat special because it is the reason I got interested in woodworking to begin with. It all started with a “hunny, I think we need some closet organizers” and a reply that went something like “those seem fairly expensive for what they’re made out of, give me some nice plywood and I could probably make some better ones myself”. Many woodworking YouTube videos and internet articles later and here I am.

The closets are simply 3/4 birch plywood with iron-on edge banding, finished with Varathane water-based polyurethane satin finish, sanded up to 600 grit. The ‘joinery’ (if you would use that term) simply consists of screws. We weren’t sure where we would position the shelves, so I wanted an adjustable shelf system, so I went with shelf standards which can be found at any home store. I installed those into grooves I cut in the vertical panels.

I apologize for the angles in the photos, the other closet is opposite this one, so there isn’t enough room to get a good all-encompassing shot. Also absent from the photo is the hanging rod in the empty space beside the shelves.

This project was the testing grounds for me, although there are some imperfections, I am very pleased with how they turned out, and am equally pleased to be a part of the woodworking world! I hope you enjoy.


-- Jeffrey S. Ovens, Canada

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#1 posted 12-06-2013 06:26 PM

It seems to me a good job, compliments. Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#2 posted 12-06-2013 07:25 PM

That a great job!

This is MUCH more than most closet installers build – you should be happy with this for a long, long time.

Great build.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#3 posted 12-06-2013 07:34 PM

Thanks for the comments! We are very happy with how these turned out, we love the added organization too.

-- Jeffrey S. Ovens, Canada

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#4 posted 12-07-2013 01:05 PM

Good job and a good start with your woodworking. I just finished a closet organizer build, as well.

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#5 posted 12-11-2013 03:00 PM

It looks great and has lots of storage. It will serve you well, great way to organize closets. Great job!

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