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Project by Craftsman on the lake posted 04-18-2009 02:57 PM 4561 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just thought I’d show an unusual request for a shelving unit. A customer (yup been woodworking for about 6 months now and I got a customer woowoo!) is opening a new home office for his business. He produces advertising materials, posters and such. He needed a mobile shelving unit 48”x48” x 40” tall. Here’s the nearly finished unit. I’ve still got to plug the bolt holes, sand and apply some finish to it. It’s made of select fir with fir plywood to keep the costs down for him. Another point of interest: of course it won’t fit through a standard doorway so the whole thing knocks down and I’ll have to assemble it onsite. I sent him a picture of it.. he loved it. I think he was expecting 4 posts and some plywood. I also don’t think he realizes how big this is for a shelving unit, using entire half sheets of plywood for a shelf.

This is all in fun of course. I’m not in business with this stuff. I’m just looking for an excuse to get someone to pay for some wood so I can make something and maybe buy a new tool with the results. Right now I’m looking at either a Kreg master pockethole jig or a biscuit joiner. Both could be handy.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 04-18-2009 04:08 PM

Nice work! I have both the Kreg master pockethole jig and a biscuit joiner! If I could only have one
it would be the Kreg master pockethole jig! Hands down!!! I think I use my pocket hole jig
20 times to 1 time biscuit joiner.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#2 posted 04-18-2009 04:19 PM

I love the design. My choice is the pocket hole jig. I have the kreg rocket pocket and I love it.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 04-18-2009 04:27 PM

That seems like a lot of weight on the outside edges for 2 bolts. Is their some sort of cantilever arm in the design that we can’t see? Have a pic of the underside?


-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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#4 posted 04-18-2009 04:56 PM

If all he plans on putting on this is poster boards or paper, I don’t think the weight is going to be an issue.

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 04-18-2009 05:13 PM

Go for the Kreg tool …you won’t be sorry : ) I bought both the Kreg tool and a Biscuit Joiner at the same time …the BJ is still in its unopened box ! Nice shelving unit . You mentioned “mobile” it on wheels ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 04-18-2009 07:57 PM

Seems to be unanimous. The Kreg tool has made my life so much easier and I use it way more than my biscuit joiner.


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#7 posted 04-18-2009 08:03 PM

I echo The Caver on the concern about load bearing. As a sign-maker, I can attest that a 100 ft. roll of wide format paper has more heft than one might think, and printable scrim vinyl is even worse. A whole shelf-load riding two bolts applied to the edges or ends of sheet goods would concern me even with the trim. Torsion box maybe…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 04-18-2009 10:01 PM

Thanks for the comments. The bolts are 1/4 inch but what doesn’t show is that the rail around each shelft is 2”x2” with a rabbeted edge for each sheet of plywood to sit into. Because of the rabbit it looks like the edging is about a half inch. the rabbet is very wide. Everything is glued and screwed.

leaning on one side takes a quite a bit of weight in my estimation and the posters will be distributed across the entire shelf. I considered placing a brace vertically along the back side of the shelves but determined that it probably won’t be needed.

And yes Dusty, it has large 4” revolving casters. It moves easily with the swing of one arm. The bigger the wheels the better. I learned that from some of my tools being on small wheels and others being on larger ones.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 04-19-2009 05:27 AM

Will buy tools for work .That’s the way to go. If you shelves don’t hold up you can always add some braces.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 04-19-2009 07:56 AM

Thanks Daniel..I was wondering what size you used on it. Have a great weekend : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 04-20-2009 02:30 AM

I would agree with all the previous posts, the Kreg pocket hole system is great. I bought the small portable set first, and as soon as it was available at my local Lowes, I bought the bigger unit.

This is a great looking unit, and well done for getting paid for your work!! Good job.

-- Brian, Lake Charles, LA

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#12 posted 04-20-2009 03:13 AM

Yes. Kreg pocket hole master system $139 and currently 20% off coupons available at Rocklers. looks tempting.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#13 posted 03-11-2010 05:27 AM

looks pretty cool… should prove to be useful for his business..

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#14 posted 08-24-2010 05:20 AM

Those are very useful shelves. My father gave me a metal setup just like that on casters. I keep all my hardware on it because of all the weight. You might want to make some for yourself. You did a nice job on those. Your new customer should be very happy. I’d expect him to ask you for another set.

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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