Step 1: Using a table saw or handheld circular saw, cut out the parts to the size indicated in the Material List. We recommend using plywood for the construction of the shelf, with Baltic birch plywood or a similar product as your best choice. The lack of voids in the veneer allows the shelf components to glue up solidly.
Step 2: Once the parts are cut to size, form a slight rabbet on the inside faces of the shelf rails, as shown in the Elevation Drawing. We used a table saw to cut these rabbets (photo 1). If you do not have a table saw, this step is optional — but it does add a degree of control to the next step of construction.
Step 3: Glue and clamp the shelf and shelf rails together (photo 2). Allow the glue sufficient time to cure.
Step 4: Lay out and drill the mounting holes (photo 3) on the back panel, as shown in the Elevation Drawing. They are spaced to accommodate wall studs that are 16-inches on center. You may have to adjust the holes to your specific shop situation.
Step 5: Once the shelf glue-up has cured, take it out of the clamps and scrape off any excess glue. Completely sand the shelf subassembly and back panel.
Step 6: Glue and screw the shelf subassembly to the back panel, as shown in photo 4.
Step 7: Apply two coats of dewaxed shellac to the entire shelf, front and back. Be sure to de-nib between coats.
Step 8: Mount the two power strips vertically as shown in the lead photo above. In our shop, we used simple twist ties to pull the cords to the center of the shelf. Now mount the shelf near a power outlet and collect all your charging units… they have a new home!