Under-counter Shelf and Hinges

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Blog entry by SirFatty posted 07-16-2016 01:49 PM 463 reads 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to have a space in the garage shop to keep my pencils and paper for working, stuff needed when working on projects. The items were kept in a cabinet which works of course, but is not too convenient, especially when using the pad of paper. The paper on a clipboard would be used at the bench, but was frequently in the way. What I needed was a desk, but space would not allow for something like that.

The solution is an under-counter shelf that folds down at an angle.. looking online, such hinges cost about $50 and look too small for this application. Time to build one!

All items required for the build were purchased at Menards:

  • Angle iron
  • Steel Flat bar
  • Springs
  • Shoulder bolts
  • Nylon lock nuts

Some thoughts on the build:

  • The rough geometry of the hing was determined using wood, with nails as a pivot point. I made adjustments until it worked as needed.
  • The off-the-shelf should bolts had too much shoulder, that was fixed by running a die down to the desired amount.
  • 1/2” plywood used for the shelf, pine pieces for dividers.
  • When tightening the fasteners, a small amount of friction is a good thing, it helps the shelf stay in the upright position.
  • The springs will have to be resized for the proper tension.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 07-16-2016 02:14 PM

Thanks Dave. this is a great idea and one I will definitely copy as I have the perfect cabinet set for this. Yours is a great, efficient and useful idea.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 07-16-2016 06:47 PM

Very COOL idea…

Very COOL project…

Very COOL design…

Just plain COOL!!

Thank you!

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#3 posted 07-18-2016 12:26 PM

Thanks guys! Useful, but it takes some fiddling around to get the geometry right. Would have been easier in CAD if I knew how to use it!

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#4 posted 07-18-2016 08:28 PM

Hmmmm, we used to have an under-counter spice rack that worked like this. Good idea !

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#5 posted 08-02-2016 07:31 PM

A good idea to use that under-used space! Well done.

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