Since I began canning 4 years ago, I progressed from canning just cucumber pickles, pickled Okra and pickled peppers to almost any vegetable and meats. as a result of canning lots of chicken, pork and beef I am beginning to have difficulty retrieving the canned goods from my closet that I use for storage. Too many jars in too little room. Nancy and I decided that we (meaning I am the Indian and she is the Chief) are going to build a new shelf unit measuring 7'wide X 7' high x 8" off the wall just for canned goods. The new shelf unit will consist of 10 storage shelves not counting the top cover board. The 7 shelves for quarts will be spaced 8" apart vertically and the 3 pint shelves will be spaced 6" vertically. It will hold a total of 144 pints and 294 quarts. The front will be covered by a curtain to ease access. The Chief will make the curtain while the Indian makes and installs the shelves.
I am using 3/4" (23/32") Oak plywood for the shelves and Oak board for the sides and center divider/supports. I hope to be finished by March 1. I checked Oak ply at Lowes and Home Depot and it is not worth using. To many hollows and the veneer is so thin it can be literally wiped off with your hand.