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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 04-05-2011 09:23 PM 1229 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi. We rent and built-in wardrobe space can never be relied upon to be there. Its not at our present house. We’ve been using hanging rails for some time now, dust is an issue. So I was playing with the CAD on my p.c. and came up with this. Its a (semi) mobile system that closes, like any good box. Bit like an old steamer trunk but 4’ x 6’ x 2’ Either that or it can be used open. Materials? I initially though cheap and cheerful pine and chipboard. Don’t know. What to do? Oh well here it is

and now in a sexy black

Obviously hinged down one side. Some kind of castors on the base. Fits a straight wall or corner.

Any ideas, comments etc?

Be seeing you

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com



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Tony Strupulis

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#1 posted 04-05-2011 09:30 PM

Interesting concept. Would you try to move it fully loaded? If so, that would be your sizing limitation.

I’m just not feeling it in plain wood or plain black. How about something like your Inversions 3D box???

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com

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BritBoxmaker

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#2 posted 04-05-2011 09:34 PM

Tony. Yes size vs. weight is a limiting factor. Especially the way Sue stacks things in. Patterning a good idea. It would probably be a paint finish anyway so why not pattern it. Something like Inversions or even Hypnotoad! I’m an insomniac anyway so I might as well have something to stare at whilst I’m awake. Thanks for the input.

Think I’ll call it ‘Sven’ in tribute to IKEA, lol.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 04-05-2011 09:56 PM

Are those a utility grade of those closet type furniture pieces from the 19th century? Can’t think of the name right now.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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David Craig

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#4 posted 04-05-2011 09:56 PM

Instead of hinges, how about double sets of latches if used as a corner unit? With hinges, you have a bit of corner space not utilized. You could have a shoe tower between them. Mitered corner design that is another box that has a hinge that is horizontally across the middle of the box. Shoes and wardrobe in two towable crates that double as in house storage.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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KnotCurser

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#5 posted 04-05-2011 10:08 PM

So…..........you tired of the tiny boxes and now you are working on a rather large one, eh???

I vote to put the whole thing on wheels so it can be easily swung open and closed – you can hide the wheels behind a toe-kick. :-)

Good luck however you decide!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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BritBoxmaker

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#6 posted 04-05-2011 10:11 PM

Good point about the wasted space, David. Sue has so many shoes I wonder if she’s a Millipede. Like the multi use corner idea as well. Latches good too, makes sections separable, one each (though in every couple that I know the woman has three times the clothes the man has).

Topamax, we had utility furniture in th UK during WWII. I’ll look into that.

Works for me, Bob. I could even use those lockable ones I use in the shop for my drum sander.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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LittlePaw

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#7 posted 04-06-2011 01:37 AM

A couple of ideas, Martyn. How about a wedge shape ends where the corners meet when open. You might build shelves in the triangular corners. With your present design, you’d have a wasted space when ope, unless you can place both units along the same wall. With mine, you’d have the same amount of wasted space when the two units are closed! LOL. :-}
The other idea: instead of pinned hinges, how about hooked hinges that come apart so you can mover them around more freely? Have you considered the weight when you might need to move? I would lean toward using lighter or thinner wood for the shell. Also, as large as the two units are, I would tend to use similar colors with your wall, so they’ll blend in rather than stand out.
Well, there’s my two cents worth!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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SPalm

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#8 posted 04-06-2011 02:05 AM

Hey Martyn, Random thoughts here…

Like others mentioned, I would hate to see that corner go to waste. I see shoe or storage Cubies.

I like the concept of nice wood frame with light weight panels.

I like that you have the center frame unpopulated. Important for lighting and being able to slide clothes from one side to the other if you use a pole. Might as well fill in the bottom center one for strength, though.

Maybe think about interior lighting, or at least the ability to add it later.

Maybe use bi-fold doors. Saves on space when open and are easier to make/hang. ??

Maybe a big X on the back to keep it from racking while moving.

Looks like a cool project. Worthwhile too.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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BertFlores58

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#9 posted 04-06-2011 02:38 AM

Hi Martyn,
Changing by demand… Box to Chest not different just comming bigger change.
Suggest to have the half round corner shelf option in order to use the corner space. I have a quick sketchup looking at the top.

-- Bert

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 04-06-2011 05:29 AM

If yio uuild it on a corner, I would definitely put shelves in teh corner with access from one or both. Maybe a lazy-susan if you want to get fancy.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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tdv

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#11 posted 04-06-2011 07:46 AM

Martyn I built a wardrobe for my son who has a fairly small house. The unit would never have gone through the door or up the stairs so I designed it & made it from stile & rail sections of oak (simple 3×1 sections with a 1/3” groove & fitted with 1/4” sapele faced mdf panels all the same size the back is made from 2 panels side by side which are equal to one side panel the doors are the same but with hinges. Altogether 6 panels all the same size & a top bottom srewed on plus a shelf. The whole thing stands & locates on a side by side double drawer unit & takes about 20 minutes to build up/dismantle & becomes basically a flatpack & very easy to re-locate. Might be an idea for you
Best
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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BritBoxmaker

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#12 posted 04-06-2011 10:04 PM

Thank you all very much for the comments and ideas. If or when this gets built I’ll post it.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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