"Warehouse" Shelving #1: Introduction

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Blog entry by Trimble posted 08-31-2010 06:17 PM 3683 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi all…

I just thought I’d jump in and start posting a few pictures of my current project. I’m not a seasoned woodworker by ANY means, though I’ve always secretly held a desire to learn woodworking.

I live with my wife and son sharing a house with her parents. They were originally supposed to move out and let us take over the house, but when their project to buy a new house became a project to buy some empty land to “someday maybe” build a house on, it became apparent that the problems we are having with “too much stuff in one house” was not going away anytime soon.

A few months ago, the in-laws purchased a storage building for me so that I can store all of the stuff my wife and I would like to someday put in our own house… but don’t really NEED to have in the house today. So, I promised to build some shelving in the building that I now call “the warehouse”.

I’ve already completed the first set of shelves, and am working on the second set. Both sets of shelves are designed the same, but the first set I used only a router that my wife bought me for father’s day to make all the cuts. This time I’m using a table saw with a new dado head set that I bought last week.

Here’s some photos

This is the whole warehouse laid out in Sketchup. I had planned to leave room to store things like matresses and furnature, so this gives me an idea where to stop building the shelves.
The whole warehouse

Here’s some shots of the first shelf unit that I’ve already finished.
First shelf unit shot #1
First shelf unit

Here’s the design explode for the second shelf unit.
Shelf unit 2 exploded in sketchup

Now, he’s some shots of me being totally insane, trying to use the Dado head in my table saw to cut rabbets in some 12’ boards. How do you let a 12’ board slide along a table saw? This is how I did it. I know, not exactly a paragon of safety, but it worked…
Cutting boards for second shelf unit
A closer look at my dado head blades
My crazy device for dealing with long boards
Closeup of the crazy device for dealing with long boards

I know I’m insane, and it’s not safe… I hope to never use this technique again after getting these 12’ boards cut.

That’s it for now. Enjoy.

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#1 posted 08-31-2010 08:20 PM

Well, first off, welcome to Lumberjocks. It’s a great place for woodworkers of all kinds.

Trimble, I think that you have built some very nice storage shed shelves. Good work!!!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 08-31-2010 08:23 PM

sometimes it’s the McGyver in us all that gets things done. I love the skateboard, looks like the beginning of a shop-tool/aid to me! :D

I did something similar a few years ago but instead of lapping the joints I used simpson strong ties. Loews and others have different brand names but they are metal brackets of all different shapes and sizes that fit 2x lumber. I have a review if you search for Simpson where I show some pix of how I made a bench with them. They are a bit pricey but holy cow they are strock as a brick __house!

thanks for sharing!

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