|Project by Derek Lyons||posted 03-15-2010 10:29 PM||3152 views||11 times favorited||5 comments|
With the shop cleaned out for the upcoming remodeling, I took the opportunity to get some good pictures of a past project, though it’s only partially mine.
In our old house, we used a back bedroom as a storage room – and badly needed shelves. However, we faced two problems; a) the door was in kind of an alcove so everything had to go in at a steep angle, and b) none of the commercial systems we looked at were suitable for our intended use.
So my father in law (may he rest in peace) designed this shelf system and I built it in his shop under his supervision. (This was long before I got into woodworking.) Like the shelves in our current storage room, these were built around the boxes they were intended to hold (8-1/2”x11” file boxes in this case), and custom fit into the room. (Storage tubs like the ones used in the newer set were just coming onto the market when these were built in mid 90’s and were still fairly expensive.) The shelves were assembled on his carport, marked and numbered for easy re-assembly, then dismantled and moved to and assembled in their final location.
The first picture shows one of the shelf sets assembled. The second picture shows the details of the shelf construction and joinery. (You can also see the markings used to ensure the various parts end up where they are supposed to – they are not interchangeable.) The third picture shows a second set that’s not currently assembled.
It’s a tribute to Dad and his design that not only is this set still sturdy and in use in my shop today, but that the same basic design does duty in our current storage room.
-- Derek, Bremerton WA --